Section: Moadim   Category: Chanukah
Rav Avrohom Yaffen: The Problem With Celebrating Victory In War
The miracle of the menora?  Was that the most important thing that happened Chanuka?  We won a war against a world power.  We restored the Bais HaMikdash which had been pillaged and ravaged.  Why don't we put more emphasis on these critical achievements instead of the miracle of the oil?

The Shalal Rav brings from Rav Avrohom Yaffen, the Rosh Yeshiva of Bais Yosef Novhardok, that there is a problem with celebrating victory in war.  As much as we know it was a miracle for the a small band of tzadikim to overcome a world power, nevertheless this is rooted in Teva, nature.  Tales of strength too easily emerge from the battlefield, where no eyewitness can see the whole picture.  Revisions in history easily creep in over the generations.  Even the most saintly can, to a degree, allow some logic to obscure the hand of Hashem.

We don't want to celebrate Hashem's help in our victory.  We want to celebrate the unaided and indisputable hand of Hashem.  No arms, no bravery, no ingenious battle plan.  Oil that lasts eight days can only come from one place, our father and our savior, Hashem.