Shlomo Carlebach zt"l -- via a friend's email
It could be today. You and I know the truth. The Greeks were a highly civilized people. Many people still believe in the Greek civilization. We spend more time learning about them then we do most any other civilization in school. So the civilized Greeks had a few sweet things. They decided that a Jewish bride on the night of her wedding, must spend the first night with [their] soldiers; and pulling Jews off the streets to worship idols is a very civilized thing to do.
So finally the older Jews said, let's die for G-d, and Judah Maccabee said, no, let's fight for G-d. He went right down to the pagan temples, where, of course, the Jewish youth were, And he grabbed them and shouted at them, What's going on here? How long will you worship pagan idols? And he asked one boy what would you do to bring light back into the Temple and he said, I'd give my life. That was Judah Maccabee's army. So I ask, Let's become a great army; let's kindle the Light.
It says "shelo yihbe neiro l'olam v'ed", the light will burn forever. G-d swore to us, if there would be such a thing as the depths of G-d, then from the deepest of depths of G-d, thru His very Existence, He swore to us that the Light would burn forever.
All the holidays extend from the night to the day. Pesach -- Matzo we eat night and during the day. On Succos we sit in the Succoh both at night and during the day. Chanukah is one holiday where the whole ceremony is only at night. Chanukah gives us the strength to bear the sometimes long, sometimes
blackest of nights.
But G-d swore to us that in the morning the Light will be burning.