Special for Chanukah!
Tonight we begin the holiday of Chanukah, whose central theme is anti-assimilation. The Greeks did not want to annihilate us; they wanted to destroy our connection to our G-d and our Torah. The Maccabees fought back and encouraged their fellow Jews to remember that we are different-- our goal should not be to "melt" into the rest of the population. We have a special role to play in the world and this year when we light the menorah, we can focus on how we as individuals, and as Jews, can light up the world with holiness and goodness.