When the sun sets on Sunday, December 18, Hanukkah, an important cosmic opening, will begin. It is the LIGHT of miracles, it is said. But what exactly is considered a miracle: something unusual, supernatural?
December 18 — Hanukkah Comes and the Miracles Arrive
We must realize that everything material is but the outward expression of energy, or Light, which is the supreme reality. It is simply infinite. The Hebrew word for “miracles” (NES) derives from the root “LaNuss”, which means “to COME OUT”, from the sense of the dark.
All is Light and Light is always good for us and always present, according to the teachings of Kabbalah. It can sometimes reveal itself, that which we find pleasant, or it can sometimes hide, that which we find uncomfortable and occasionally painful.
Our mission is to make visible the hidden Light
To understand that everything is good, even when it hurts, is necessary. Pain should not be accepted as a means of learning; however, when it does, it is a sign that there was no other option available at that time and in those circumstances.
According to Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the lights of Chanukah help to correct the “original sin”, the intelligence of the “spy” and the story of the spies in the desert.
What is the conscience of the spy? Look for the negative.
Feeling like a tourist around the world is the secret to living a full life
The tourist only looks at the positive because he can leave whenever he wants, so he is aware that the negative does not affect him. Since we are actually from the Ein Sof and this is only a journey, the human being must feel like a tourist on Earth.
Eve’s consumption of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil contaminated human intelligence.
That is why we constantly evaluate whether something is good or bad. The Light is always good, even if it is sometimes hidden by a veil that we must lift. This is the only truth.
According to Rabbi Nachman, just as one should only think and meditate on receiving the Light of the miracles of the Chanukah lights, one should do the same with the circumstances of life. To think about them without acting, without retaliating and to focus on being able to reveal the Light that is hidden behind that circumstance.
The conflict between the Maccabees and the Greeks represented a cosmic conflict between the forces of the worlds of Tikun and Chaos. The greatest miracle of Chanukah was the victory of a small group of priests over an entire army of the most powerful empire in the world at that time.
But we do not concentrate on the oil. Why?
Because the Greeks represented wine and the priests represented oil. According to Ari, human emotion (Zeir Anpin) crushes the intellect and can only give rise to two possible results.
The Sefirot of Zeir Anpin become grapes which, when crushed into wine, cloud the mind and weaken the body if the person views reality negatively.
On the other hand, the Sefirot of Zeir Anpin become olives when someone abandons darkness (LaNuss) and sees everything as Light (in its various degrees of revelation), which, when ground, produces oil that not only soothes the body but also ILLUMINATES thought.