Rabbi Lazar said about the importance of Hanukkah in the era of information revolution

© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite in photobacteria in honor of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah in the Zona club in Moscow. Archival photo.Rabbi Lazar said about the importance of Hanukkah in the era of information revolution© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite to the photobank

Jews from sunset on Tuesday to start celebrating one of the most fun and long-lasting Jewish holidays — eight-day Hanukkah – the festival of lights. On the eve of the celebrations, the chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar spoke about the special relevance of Hanukkah to all inhabitants of the planet in an era of rapid growth of information technology.

«In our generation the world has entered a time of information revolution. One of the inevitable results have been the rapid flow of negative information. Focuses on the so-called «hot facts»: war, conflict, confrontation countries, peoples, individuals. At the same time, even in such delicate areas as psychology and child-rearing, the emphasis is on work with problems, flaws», — quotes the press service of the appeal Lazar to the faithful.

According to him, the aim is good, the media want to warn people, to show them the horrors of war and terrorism, and educators and psychologists seek to identify sore spots to begin treatment. But this creates the impression that the world is becoming darker, and in others less bright, and noble.

«And just here a particularly important lesson of Hanukkah. Yes, tells us this feast, sometimes you have to fight with an external enemy or internal problems – but the main focus must always be done on the positive. If you have to fight – it is important to win, but more importantly to become better after that confrontation. If a person has flaws – the main thing is to add the positive in life, to do good deeds, to reveal the good in ourselves and in others. Then the disadvantages will be less, but gradually all will come to naught», — said chief Rabbi of Russia.

He added that when the light of Hanukkah burns within each person, the world is filled with goodness and happiness.


Hanukkah, the festival of lights, begins 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev and lasts for eight days. In hundreds of cities around the world on the occasion of Hanukkah in the squares light the ritual lamps of the menorah, and when lighting candles at home, traditional lamp set at the entrance or on the windowsill so the light was visible to passers-by. In 2015, Jews celebrate Hanukkah begin December 5 with the sunset.

The name of the holiday comes from the expression «hanukat ha-bait» (the consecration of the Church) or «hanukat Beit Hashmonaim» (consecration of the house of the Hasmoneans). Tradition associates the celebration of Hanukkah with the Jewish revolt of 167 BC against the Syrian king Antiochus IV bans Judaism. After the expulsion of the invaders of Israel and capture of Jerusalem by the armies of Judah hasmonea nicknamed of makabi (Hammer), the Jews restored the desecrated and partially destroyed Temple.

In the day of his consecration should ignite the main temple lamp, the menorah, the fire which is necessary to support constantly. But oil for the lamp was very little (for the manufacture of new oil, according to the Jewish tradition, requires eight days). When with it, lit the menorah, the fire burned without interruption for eight days, while preparing new oil.

In memory of this miracle, Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days, each night lighting one new candle in a festive vosmiklasnica.