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Chanukah Messages from the Rebbe

Contemporary applications of Chanukah's lessons, culled from the talks and letters of the Rebbe.

5 Powerful Insights From the Rebbe - Chanukah
Enjoy four short thoughts and a video adapted from the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe on Chanukah.
The Street-Lamp Lighter
There was a person in every town who would light the street-lamps with a fire he carried at the end of a long pole...
A Band of Hasmoneans
We, as Jews, have always been outnumbered; many tyrants attempted to destroy us because of our faith. Sometimes they aimed their poisoned arrows at our bodies, sometimes at our souls...
Chanukah Letter to Students
Chanukah, 5733
"May each one of you be as the well-known motto — 'A beacon of Light," to illuminate your surroundings, especially with the light of the Torah and Mitzvos."
The Jewish Home – A Home for G-d
Chanukah, 5733
Many are the interpretations and lessons derived from these days of Chanukah.
The Special Quality of Chanukah Light to Illuminate the Darkness of the Spiritual “Outside”
Chanukah, 5734
The physical effects of the Chanukah candles and their spiritual effects.
The Significance of Chanukah
Chanukah, 5738
With the bright days of Chanukah approaching, it is time to ponder the significance of Chanukah, for our people as a whole and for the individual.
Chanukah in Prison
Chanukah, 5738
When we find ourselves in an “after unset” situation, strong faith will illuminate our lives.
Illuminating the World
Chanukah, 5741
The Chanukah Lights are expressly meant to illuminate the “outside,” symbolically alluding to the duty to bring light also to those who, for one reason or another, still walk in darkness...
Six Lessons from the Chanukah Menorah Lighting
Chanukah, 5746
The laws of kindeling the menorah are special, and we can learn lessons in our general service of G-d from them. Here are a few of those lessons.
Achieving the Utmost Excellence
Chanukah, 5742
The unique Chanukah phenomenon that everyone practices the Mitzvah in its utmost excellent manner- "Mehadrin Min HaMehadrin," affects all of our actions throughout the year, and causes G-d to respond in a parallal manner.
A Deeper Look at the Menorah Blessings
Chanukah, 5743
The three blessings we recite before kindeling the menorah carry deep inside them the timeless Chanukah lessons for our service of G-d, specifically in our times.
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