Zos Chanukah – The Power Of The 8th Day Of Chanukah

Zos Chanukah, the eizos-chanukahghth day of Chanukah, is said to be a special time for Tefillah, and according to the Bnei Yissoschar it is a time of Gmar Din for the Tefillos of the Yomim Nora’im – the High Holidays.

The Rebbe of Ruzin is quoted as saying that the Tefillos of a simple person on Zos Chanukah is comparable to the Tefillos of Tzadikim on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. 

On the last day of Chanukah we read the Torah portion of “Zos Chanukas HaMizbeiach” – “THIS is the dedication of the altar”.. By saying “THIS is Chanukah” we are indicating the eight day of Chanukah encapsulates the entire festival of Chanukah. Up until now, every day ushered in was one of potential. On the eighth day, the final day, all comes into actuality with ALL the lights being lit.

The eight day of Chanukah is an opportune time for having all of ones prayers and requests fulfilled. Coupled with the energy of Motzei Shabbos, the miracles of Chanukah and eight which breaks all natural limitations (#7), we should all utilize this auspicious day to realize all blessings come from Hashem and to turn to Him so He can respond with benevolence and in abundance. 

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