Hanukkah: Never Give Up

The power of the menorah’s flame.

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Comments (18)

(14) Anonymous, December 27, 2016 2:00 PM


There's no trick in making an old man cry.

This echoes, in some small sense, something I said almos 35 years ago.

This is NOT just Chanukah.
This is Judaism.
This is the Jews.
What's the message?

NEVER Give Up.
Right, it's all a shambles, and there's only this one, tiny jar.
Right, we're beaten before we start, because we only have one day's worth.

Not important.

Do what you can, now, and
Never, EVER Give up!

(13) Heather, December 24, 2013 9:33 PM

Nice job, very informative and thanks for sharing.

Nice job, very informative and thanks for sharing.

(12) Anonymous, December 5, 2013 4:55 PM


That video was so inspirational!!!

It so clearly depicted all of Jewish history!

It reminded me of the famous story (.. they even made a song out of it http://grooveshark.com/s/The Man From Vilna/4wllto?src=5) about how after the Holocaust a few Jews gathered to dance on Simchas torah in a destroyed synagogue hoping to find a Sefer Torah only to discover there where none...until someone picked up a Child and danced with the child - The Jewish Nation WILL live on ....

Ah freilichen Chanukah,

(11) Anonymous, December 2, 2013 4:07 AM

What about the Macabees????

Yes, of course the miracle of the oil is significant, however, what about the Macabees? They did not want to assimilate like so many other Jews at that time. For so few, they took a stand, not to give up and not to assimilate. They fought and they won. They are the true miracle. We should hear more about them and not just about the oil in the Temple.. Just saying......

Anonymous, December 3, 2013 5:28 PM

true, but...

Yes, the Macabees victory is the true miracle, but because it is hard to see God's miracles in the actions of man, the miracle of the oil was sent to help people see both.

(10) Anonymous, December 1, 2013 9:47 PM

a powerful- POWERFUL message.

(9) Dottie Blood, December 1, 2013 6:58 PM


Truly inspiring....never, never, never give up especially helpful in these days, THANK YOU.

(8) Tonna Chavez, November 29, 2013 6:42 PM

Thank you...

What a blessing to have this reminder brought back to the forefront...one of my favorite quotes is from Winston Churchill..the version I know is..."Never give up, never give up...never, ever give up!"....how very appropriate at this time in all our lives. Thank you for reminding me of this, Aish! Happy Hanukkah!

Anonymous, December 2, 2013 2:07 AM

Wow very inspirational. Don't know what was stronger, the words or the images. Yashir kochacha, thank you

Moira, December 2, 2013 5:51 PM

Never give up

Thank you Tonna for posting that quote by Winston Churchill. He was a truly inspirational man to us Brits in one of our darkest times.

Tonna Chavez, December 22, 2013 1:17 PM

We were all truly blessed.

You are welcome! Of course, I should very much say thank you to you all...for blessing the world with such a man. His wisdom, along with so many others at that time in our world, got us through one of the darkest times in our history. Would that he were with us now...we could certainly use his wisdom and inspiration! G-d bless!

(7) Sheila LyonHall, November 29, 2013 5:57 PM

Hold to Faith!

What a beautiful re-telling of the Hanukkah story. The message remains inspiring, enlightening and challenging. Hold to Faith! Shalom!

(6) Anonymous, November 28, 2013 6:25 AM

Universal idea

What a beautiful insight. I always thought of Hanukkah as the festival of lights, but never understood what they represented. This is a message that we can all relate to. Thank you for sharing.

(5) Suri, November 26, 2013 6:12 PM

Brings the story of Chanuka alive!!!

Thank you for bringing me right to the doors of the Bais Hamikdash! I could almost feel the devastation as the Maccabim saw the destruction, and the hope when they discovered that tiny pach shemen. What a great reminder of HKBH's great love for His children!

(4) Anonymous, November 26, 2013 5:41 PM

Truly inspirational. Thank you

(3) Karen, November 26, 2013 3:36 PM


That was so inspirational. The power with in each of us if so great and far more significant then we often begin to understand! This Hanukka will be brighter and more meaningful thanks to Rabbi Sytner!

(2) Anonymous, November 26, 2013 1:51 PM

Wow! I have never seen Chanukah that way. After watching that I am going to make a list of all the good things in my life and work at those things. Hopefully they will help up "light up" the more difficult things I go through.

(1) Josh, November 26, 2013 1:30 PM

Inspirational and Exciting

Thank you Rabbi Sytner for an amazing, and inspirational new insight into the story of Hannukah! Also, the pictures and music are fabulous! I can't wait to share this video!


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