In his recent parsha sheet, Rav Shalom Arush talked a great deal about the 8th day of Chanuka, called ‘zot Chanuka’, and the amazing miraculous power contained in this day.
Now, if you already lit your lights for the 8th day before reading this, don’t panic. The spiritual power of ‘zot Chanuka’ lasts the whole 24 hours of the day – and here’s what Rav Arush has to say about it:
“It’s a day where every single one of us can work every salvation (miracle) for ourselves. We can annul from off of ourselves every bad decree, every difficulty that we’re struggling with in our lives, and every test we’re having in both gashmius (the material realm) and ruchnius (the spiritual realm).”
How do we do all this?!
Very simply, by asking God to help us with whatever we need in our own words, aka hitbodedut.
Rav Arush suggests we all do the following on zot Chanuka:
- Set aside a chunk of time to actually do some serious, uninterrupted hitbodedut.
- Go to a field, or some other place (even in your own house…) where you’ll be undisturbed and left alone.
- Aim to do three hours of uninterrupted personal prayer (this is Rav Arush’s own words and instructions).
- Don’t forget to start with thanks and gratitude, as gratitude is the main point of Chanuka, and whatever ‘thanks’ you say on zot Chanuka will accompany you the whole year.
- After that, tell God about every difficulty you’re having in your life, and every test you’re going through.
- Devote half an hour of prayer to each big issue, like:
- Shalom Bayit (relationship with your spouse)
- Raising your kids properly
- Career / work
- Health problems (emotional and physical)
- Spiritual issues like bad middot, and other things you need to make teshuva for and fix
- Avodat Hashem – the general work of doing God’s will and getting closer to Him
- Rav Arush ends by reminding us all to take some time to pray for the good of Am Yisrael, and particularly, he recommends that we pray for the general Shalom Bayit of Am Yisrael, as he says that’s under particular attack at the moment, and many, many people are heading for divorces as a result.
Once again, our Sages teach that on Zot Chanuka, a simple Jew like you and me can achieve the sorts of miracles and salvations for ourselves that usually only a big Tzaddik could work during the days of awe!
It’s a golden opportunity to ask God to help us with all of our needs, lacks and requirements, spiritually and physically.
So now you’ve read this, go get ‘em, tiger!
And when you get your amazing miracles, please drop me a line and tell me about them, so I can help publicise the ongoing miracles of Chanuka (both yours and mine…) hopefully for a good long time to come.