Everything we do goes better when we are feeling good about ourselves. Whether you are a mother, an executive or an athlete you know that in order to do what you do you well you need to know how to shift into a positive emotional state.
Yet most of us have little or no training in how to do this quickly and effectively. Most of the time instead of using the great power of our intellects and the G-d given talents we have to be in resourceful emotional states, we leave ourselves at the "mercy" of the evil forces in life which are only too happy to prevent us form serving G-d in joy.
Chanukah was a time when the Jewish people stood up to and defeated those evil forces that wanted to block them from serving G-d and keeping His Torah. The evil forces that they battled were mainly the heretical thoughts and philosophies that had entered their minds from the Greek culture. These philosophies were designed to get people to question that G-d was the ultimate sovereign and ruler of the world.This battle continues till this day. Chanukah was not something that just happened back then, it has continued in every generation and is happening this very moment. Now is the time for every Jew to put on his or her battle gear and fight against negative thinking and negative emotional states that are trying to come between us and our Creator.
Have a very happy and joyous Chanukah!
Dr. Zev Ballen