|R'Shlomo on Chanukkah: Gevaldt Things Come In Small Packages|
|Written by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach zt"l|
Everybody knows , the whole thing of Chanukah is ואין לנו רשות להשתמש בהם אלא לראותם בלבד, we can only look at the Chanukah light but not do anything else with it. So here all the Rebbes say the same thing. The downfall of the world is ותרא האישה כי טוב העץ למאכל. The way Chava looked at the tree. So on Chanukah we are fixing the way we look at everything in the world. And remember, איש וביתו. Do you know the way people look at each other before they get married?After they get married they don’t see each other anymore. How do you know with most people when you walk into a room who’s married and who’s not? It's the sad truth. Those who are not beaming when looking at each other are usually married, and the ones that are shining from head to toe usually aren’t yet. Do you know what that means, it's the tree of knowledge, it died, heartbreaking
So here Reb Nachman says the biggest fixing of the eyes is on Chanukah. You are not permitted to use the light, just to look at it. 'Ela Lirosam Bilvad'.
Reb Nachman says that everything that happened with the spies is being fixed by the candles. Let me ask you, why do we have so much trouble with Eretz Yisrael? The spies came back and said 'yeah, Israel is cute and sweet, but.....' and sadly enough, we still walk around like that. So Reb Nachman says that Chanukah is the fixing of the spies because the spies looked at Eretz Yisrael in the same that way Chava looked at the apple. How did Chava and the spies use their eyes? I can look at something and say 'can I use it or can I not use it, is it good for me or not?' I can look at Eretz Yisrael and think to myself 'is it good for me or is it bad for me', just like the spies did. So the fixing is that on Chanukah ואין לנו רשות להשתמש בהם . I'm not doing anything with it, I'm just so glad it’s there, I'm so glad.
When it comes to Torah, it's the same thing. Sometimes I even learn Torah and I ask myself 'what's the torah doing to me? Is it making me more holy? Am I learning something from it? Am I becoming more this or more this?' The torah of Chanukah is that I stop thinking like that, I'm just looking, only looking.
There are two great forces in the world. Beauty has to do with the eyes. Basically holiness is the anti-eye, because the more you see something - the less holy it is. The Greeks come to the world and they say 'if something is beautiful you have to be able to see it. Anything you cannot see is meaningless.' We yidden come to the world and we say 'whatever you see is nothing yet. Something which is real is that which you cannot see.' In Ma'oz Tzur it says Uminosar Kankanim, what was left over from the bottles, na'asa nes lashoshanim. Why didn’t the Greeks find what was left over? So the Rebbes say that the Greeks mamesh saw the leftover oil, but it was such a small bottle so they didn’t bother. You know why? The world cannot understand that something so gevalt can come out of something so small.