New York's Great Hanukkah Blackout

How could my dinky menorah compete with all those dazzling lights?

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Comments (45)

(41) JAY SCHIFFRES, December 1, 2018 4:00 AM


He got it right.

(40) Anonymous, December 24, 2016 1:51 PM

This is the best summary of the story of Chanukah I have hear in my 57 yrs of life. Strong and yet heart warming story. Ty for sharing this and I have shared with my family and friends who are both Jewish and not

(39) Estelle Marcus, December 20, 2016 12:17 PM

Just what I'm looking for

My 3 grandsons, born of a non Jewish mother, were converted at 8 months old. The twins just turned nine and younger boys is 6, parents divorced and now they go back and forth between them. Thank G_d they're with my son 2/3 of the time where we can help them understand they are Jewish even when Mommy is giving them Xmas presents. This video is going to help them see the light, literally. Thank you.

Anonymous, December 26, 2016 12:07 AM

Its important to know that they are going to have to convert of their own free will for a real conversion to take place after bar mitzva age at 13 yrs old. Speak to your local orthodox Rabbi for details on what is necessary for it to be done properly. Best Wishes to your family.

(38) Anonymous, December 18, 2016 10:23 PM


This was beautiful..Thank lights on my menorah will shine..Bright! Too!

(37) Michael Friedman, December 18, 2016 3:30 PM

New York's Great Hanukkah Blackout.

Excellent Hanukkah Video production !

(36) D.K.Milgrim-Heath, February 28, 2016 2:30 AM

The Personal Jewish Source Of Our Eternal Flame

The Personal Jewish Source Of Our Eternal Flame
By D.K.Milgrim-Heath©2016
The personal Jewish source of our eternal flame-
That Judaism’s survival mode for centuries was through His holy name.
Our eternally blessed Chanukah holiday says this extremely so clear-
As 21st century world Jews we hold the biblically survived Chanukah story extremely dear.
Never can we let our eternal lights ever go out-
Survival of the fittest is what Judaism’s all about.
A Happy Chanukah to one and all-
The Jewish faith is forever never to fall.

(35) Consuelo, January 4, 2016 4:56 AM

Thank you for making this video. We need to stand up and be the set apart people we have been called to be. We no longer have the distinction of being the people of the book how sad is that, where are our hearts, who are we really serving? It's time to take a good look at where are devotion is. The Almighty gives us these simple reminders such as the simplicity of the power going out and our menorahs shinning bright in the darkness so we don't forget to let our light shine. He is AMAZING!!!!!!

(34) Anonymous, December 11, 2015 11:02 PM

i thought this was very beautiful and very true. When people see our menorahs and then compare it to the christmas lights they think the christmas lights are prettier but when there might not be electricity no one sees the lights they see the menorahs.our menorahs are powered by us and our families not by electricity. Happy Chanukah!!

(33) Hinda, December 9, 2015 10:07 PM

very nice. i really enjoyed this dvar torah. pls can we have more divrei torah from this guy. he was very elequont! :)

(32) Rafael, December 8, 2015 12:00 PM

To all the Deaf people

Most people are hard of hearing weather they can hear or not .
In short ... There was a power outage and all the Christmas lights when out . This was Hashem saying that the Christians are in the dark and its the menorah that cast real light .
Man, I should've written some stuff for the Talmud or the Zohar.
May we all be able to distinguish man made light from that of the Almighty . Happy Chanukah

(31) dorothy sklaroff, December 7, 2015 11:55 PM

my tears are of joy

your tale touched me.
your explanation warmed me.
your suggestion to let our inner light out, to actually be a light unto, not nations, but, at least, to neighborhoods, inspired me...
and now our Chanukkiyot are lit and displayed near windows.
todah rabbah v' hag chanukkah sameakh!

(30) phyllis, December 7, 2015 11:34 PM

love it!

thank you for this wonderful commentary on the light of is very inspiring at a time of year when many are drawn to Christmas and all it's sparkle..

(29) Ruth, December 7, 2015 5:17 PM

Let it be light - LORD

What a beautiful video. You did light my inner spirit with the story and the bouncing lights of th Menora. It seems that it was a miracle that it was a blackout, so that your (and other Jewish homes) little Menora will shine brightly, banishing the darkness....HAPPY HANUKKAH !

sasha-leah, December 11, 2015 11:04 PM

i completely agree. Happy Chanukah!

(28) Mike, December 7, 2015 1:49 PM

to deaf Jews - response

I hope it's ok- there were several comments by deaf Jews or about deaf Jews on Facebook.
I just wanted to say that if you search youtube for "4 deaf Jews" you will find outreach/anti-missionary films.
Thank you for your posts. It's good to know about this.

(27) HERCAHLL, December 7, 2015 8:58 AM



(26) Mona soliman, December 6, 2015 3:06 PM

I love jew

(25) Guinn G. Fuller, December 6, 2015 12:14 PM

Eyes of the soul being opened!

I believe that the Torah would call me a stranger; however, I am thankful for the privilege of reading and watching video that comes from the heart of a people that the world has tried to destroy but has been unsuccessful! I am thankful for the opportunity to learn from those that have kept the Torah alive even at the expense of giving their own. My heart sings, this morning, as I viewed the darkness that came to New York and the only light left showing the way was from the windows of those that remembered and understood that the enemy has always tried to destroy the Torah and the people that has been entrusted to keep it! I am truly blessed today because of your faithfulness to keep the light shining! Thank you!

dorothy, December 8, 2015 12:00 AM

your eloquence makes me joyful

thank YOU, mr fuller, for sharing your Neshamah with all. oh, for our world to be populated with many, many people like you.

season's greetings! wishing you and your loved ones good health and much happiness.

(24) KATHLEEN, December 5, 2015 4:33 AM

Love shines through!

I so enjoyed this - it well explained it may be small light BUT OH MY! The whole story was how beautiful, that even an electric outing had a silver lining. Just as each snow flake is an original each religion has it's very special ways - to me as long as God is at the center - I can see only Love of one and all the whole world over. The lyrics " he has the whole world in his hands!" comes to mind. This the season hey?! YES it is. Immensely Enjoyed Thanks!

(23) sol ripstein, December 4, 2015 2:14 AM

the real Jewish inner light is truly beautiful!

well-said and absolutely true!

(22) smb, December 4, 2015 12:09 AM

For those who are hard of hearing, he is basically saying, sometimes we want the bright lights that others have, however, we should appreciate our own light, our eternal flame. We are constantly distracted by material things, but we should look within us at our inner light and nurture that, and use it to spread light through the world.

(21) Charlotte Feldman, December 3, 2015 6:01 PM

Rejoice in our holidays; respect the holidays of others

Being raised in small American communities where there were few Jews, it was always a challenge for me to see the huge influence of Christmas in America. My wise father, Ahav Shalom, always said when his congregants complained about the overwhelming "Christmas atmosphere" in the town and the schools - this was way before the days of political correctness -
"Leave it alone. When it is your birthday and people come to your house bringing presents and wishes for a good year, you go and celebrate with them. And when you are invited to their holidays, wish them joy and teach them that your birthday is just as important as theirs. And most of all - celebrate your own holidays with joy and commitment so your children will know how special they are and worthy of cherishing.
Remember the words of Torah: Hashem sometimes speaks in a still small voice, not in the thunder. I made an impact on my Christian friends because they saw that Judaism is not the biggest faith in numbers but the biggest in its staying power with Jews.
And my non-Jewish friends always asked their parents and teachers why we had so many holidays and they had only a few.

(20) Mary, December 3, 2015 3:48 PM


The is a good reminder, especially after yesterday's events, it takes only a little light to defeat the darkness.

(19) Stanley Birnbaum, December 3, 2015 3:37 PM

My wife and I enjoyed this Chanukah e-mail very much.
And a very happy Chanukah to you all.

(18) Anonymous, December 3, 2015 2:45 PM

To Tzipporah Techia and Bev Mabry: The "Lori almost Live" videos on are captioned. Enjoy them!

(17) Sarah Hershenson, December 3, 2015 12:57 PM

An amazing video!

In a few minutes, it explains what Chanukah is all about.

Kol Hakavod!

(16) Yehudit Spero, December 3, 2015 7:20 AM

celebrate Chanuka

Come live in Israel and I promise you your lights will always be the most important lights and not those of other faiths!
This is the promised land and we need you all here ! Welcome one and all and we will celebrate Chanuka together in the country is was meant to be celebrated in!
Happy Chanuka or Chag Urim sameach!

Anonymous, December 23, 2016 2:13 AM

we're coming home

we won't make it by Chanukah but God willing we should be there by Tu Bishvat.

(15) Lori Palatnik, December 3, 2015 3:01 AM


Well done-- loved it.

(14) Donna Perel, December 3, 2015 2:22 AM

The Light of Torah!

Wow! Thank you! You captured the essence, emes and light of Torah and Hanukkah.

(13) William Barrocas, December 2, 2015 10:08 PM

A very Happy ? and Blessed HANUKKAH to you All my Jewish Friends.

Hanukkah and Menorah always fascinated me specially the small Light shining in the dark and saying: Never say die for even in death there is HOPE for True Life is only after the PESACH, PASSOVER. Happy ? Hanukkah to all.

(12) Susan, December 2, 2015 7:50 PM

What an amazing and timely message

This was an amazing presentation, thanks aish for inspiring us and congratulations Rabbi Goldwitch for this heart warming show.
sorry can't see you on facebook for I chose not to have an account there. Stay private and not trying to impress others.
thanks for the message! Happy Chanukah may we all share the light within with those dear and near.

(11) Eve Rudman, December 2, 2015 7:21 PM

The video was amazing and beautiful It brought tears of pride to ny eyes.

(10) Rick, December 2, 2015 7:00 PM

Great story

I didn't know where this story was heading so I enjoyed the nice surprise ending.

(9) Anonymous, December 2, 2015 5:40 PM


Short and sweet! Everything said was so true and i really loved this video! Thank you Aish!!!

(8) Susan, December 2, 2015 5:39 PM

Hanukkah Blackout

This is a REALLY wonderful video, thank you. I'm a Christian, and my heart is so warm after viewing this! I'm passing it to all my Jewish AND Christian friends!

(7) Lauren Roth, December 2, 2015 4:35 PM


Thank you for that wonderful inspiration.

(6) Heidi T., December 2, 2015 4:12 PM

Beautiful and inspirational!

This was beautiful! It inspired me to stop and think about what being Jewish means to me, and how I can better connect with my own "Jewish flame" - and how I can then take that inner light and fight the darkness that exists in my own small world in some small way.

(5) gllenda lafont, December 2, 2015 4:10 PM

beautiful, simply beautiful

(4) StanleyTee, December 2, 2015 4:07 PM

Thank you

What a wonderful message, delivered in such an inspirational way and with such joy. Thank you!

(3) Anonymous, December 2, 2015 3:40 PM

Many blessings at Chanukah

Thank you for that lovely message.

(2) Pauline, December 2, 2015 4:18 AM

Love this

Love this video. So true

(1) Sara, December 1, 2015 9:46 PM

Very inspiring!

Thank you so much for this very inspiring video! Yes you are so right tha tChanukak falls in the darkest time of the year and we should bring light into our lives.


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