Just Scratch The Surface
Just scratch the surface of anything and you find out what it really is.
Like furniture, for instance. Is it solid wood or veneer? Are those
shoes vinyl or leather? Is the jewelry 14 karat gold or vermeil?
Just scratch the surface of Chanuka and you find out what it really
Because, in essence, everything is Moshiach. Let's take Chanuka as a
First of all, you're right that Moshiach is not explicitly mentioned in
the story of Chanuka or any of the Chanuka customs, blessings or
But, to prove a point, let's recount that story of Chanuka you know so
well, in a nutshell.
It's the story of the Jewish people under the domination of the Greeks.
The Greeks encouraged the Jews to assimilate, enacted decrees against
the Torah, and desecrated the Holy Temple.
Many Jews were content to accept the Greek lifestyle.
But one proud Jew, Mattithias, wise and learned, a leader of the
people, called upon his brethren to fight G-d's battle, saying, "Whoever
is for G-d, join me."
Together the small army fought under the holy banner that proclaimed
"Who is like You among the mighty ones, O G-d?"-a phrase whose Hebrew
initial letters form the word "Maccabee."
The Jewish army managed to miraculously conquer its bitter enemy,
purified and rededicated the Temple, relit the menora and the Jewish
people renewed its commitment to G-d and the Torah, etc., etc.
So again, you're wondering, what does Moshiach have to do with the
Maimonides tells us that Moshiach will fight "G-d's battles." Sounds
pretty much like what Mattithias did.
He also explains that the only difference between exile and the times of
Moshiach is that we won't be under the yoke of foreign governments: the
Maccabees conquered the Greek army and threw off their rulership, at
When Moshiach comes, he will rebuild the Holy Temple; when the Jewish
army purified and rededicated the Holy Temple it was as if they had
rebuilt it, since it was not usable in its desecrated state.
Also, with the complete Re-demption, may it come speedily, we will once
again fulfill all the various observances of the Holy Temple, like
lighting the menora as our ancestors did on Chanuka.
Lastly, our Sages teach us that when Moshiach comes the world will be
filled with the knowledge of G-d and G-dliness and we will pursue this
recognition. That is exactly what the Jews did when they renewed their
commitment to G-d and the Torah.
Just scratch the surface of Chanuka, or anything for that matter, and
you find out what it really is-Moshiach! Why? Because the ultimate
reason for the creation of the entire world is the perfect state the
world will realize only when Moshiach comes.