Hanukkah and Hope

Hope is the underlying story the Jewish people.

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Comments (7)

(7) Jacob, December 13, 2020 6:42 AM

Say 1st name of kid who needs refua

Why not say 1st name of sick child and mother’s name so we can say tihilim or mishebarach ? Hope/ emuna is good but trfila and tzidokah help

(6) Anonymous, December 10, 2020 12:02 PM

Right on time

(5) Anonymous, December 4, 2020 11:47 AM

Beautiful, thank you!

(4) Hilary, December 4, 2020 4:25 AM

Amen! May we all experiences real miracles this Chanukah!

(3) CATHERINE HICKE, December 3, 2020 3:28 PM

Thank you

I know many people who need to hear this. I pass it how and I praise my God and yours for the hope that lies within.

(2) Jewish Mom, December 3, 2020 10:35 AM

Show gratitude and then express hope

One of the main ways we celebrate Chanuka is "lehodos ulehallel" - to thank and praise (G-d). - which we say in "haneiros halalu" right after lighting the candles and saying full Hallel on all 8 days. So Chanuka is Prime Time to develop a gratitude attitude despite challnges.
I've heard it said that expressing gratitude is a powerful tool towards having one's hopes realized. Step 1 is knowing that whatever situation we are dealing with, this is where G-d has currently placed us to enable us to fulfill our destined purpose. (That doesn't mean that we need to stay there!) Step 2 is thanking Hashem for the here and now: I thank you, Hashem, for having placed me in this situation which is exactly what I need at this moment in order to deepen my relationship with you and fulfill my purpose. Step 3 is expressing hope and asking for a brighter future: G-d, I want to now serve you by ______ (finding a spouse and building a beautiful Jewish home; having a good livelihood so that I can provide for my family and help needy people; being healthy so that I will have the ability to do more mitzvahs and acts of kindness, etc. I know that there is no other power except for You who can bring about the realization of my hopes. G-d, I thank you for the past. Please help me have a sweeter future.
I've heard of some amazing outcomes from people turned to G-d in this way in situation that appeared to be very bleak.
Regarding Ani Maamin, it's not quite the same as personal hope. We have an iron-clad guarantee that Moshiach will come, the Jewish people will be redeemed and our enemies will get their comeuppance. It says so in the Torah and numerous times in the Prophets. There is no guarantee that an individual's hopes will be fulfilled. But it is 100% true that one should never give up hope. One's salvation can come in the blink of an eye. People at death's door recovered, older singles married, childless couples arms' filled with babies, amazing jobs were landed...

(1) Joyce, December 2, 2020 4:14 PM




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