Can I tell you how happy and excited I am for this holiday. This is a time for Hashem to reveal himself and also to reveal to us who we are and what he wants from us. This is a time of when Hashem was hidden. There was war everywhere and we as Jews could stand up and fight for our Torah.
What a beautiful idea. We go to war for land, loved ones, and our concept of freedom. But this is different. We go to War for Hashem. I am not talking about a physical War. I am talking about a spiritual one. I am talking about taking up arms(Torah) and fighting with our Yetzer and realizing we are seperated from the world. Hashem has chosen you to fight in his army.
What weapons do we have. we have Torah & Mitzvot. We bandage ourselves with Chesed and Ahava.
Many people thnk of the miracle of Hanukah was the oil burning for 8 days. Yes that truly was a miracle but not the only one. We fought a war for Hashem and the few won over the many. The Jews removed themselves from assimilation and took their place under Hashem as his children. As represenatives of His Torah. What bigger miracle is there than Teshuva. To return to Hashem from the influences of the world and keep yourself seperate.
Truly Hashem is good and loving and faithful "Blessed be He!"