Channukah is a time to overcome seemingly impossible challenges. That’s my takeaway message this year. Taking that tiny, but vital practical action towards achieving a higher goal, and trusting that Hashem will help achieve that goal.
For me, this amount to two impossible challenges, which I’ve been battling all my life – weight loss and anger management.
I’ve written about Channukah before, which is just natural given the cyclical nature of the calendar. Every year, we have the same opportunities to plug into the spiritual powers which are strongest at that time of year. I hear Rabbi Reuven Stepsky, the Rov of Netzach Yisroel in Edgware, speak this Shabbos and he said that the main message of Channukah is bitachon and emunah – trust in Hashem.
I’m not sure how I’m going to achieve my goals, but I have a mitzvah to take care of my health, and a mitzvah to control my anger. I think that the method to achieve this is by making small but significant steps in the right direction. I did it before, and I can do it again. Or at least I have to try.
*(It also seems to be the annual occasion of LH taking the most unflattering photo of me which makes me realise how very fat I’ve got – but that’s beside the point and not as holy)