Chanukah is the festival associated with the revelation of the deepest secrets of the Torah. This level is alluded to as “the oil of the Torah”. A question, however, arises: How is it possible that the Jews could rise to a level of service which relates to oil, at one of the darkest periods of the Jewish history, when the Jews were persecuted and oppressed by the Greeks?
From the Rebbe’s explanation:
– The resolution of this question relates to a fundamental spiritual dynamic: As the darkness of the world increases, the revelation of the light of the Torah is correspondingly amplified.
Illustration: from the book Beit HaMikdash: The Temple and the Holy Mount by Zalman Menachem Koren.
Therefore, precisely because the Greeks oppressed the Jews and challenged their faith, it was necessary that a higher dimension of Torah be revealed…
From the Rebbe’s talk on Parashat “Miketz” (5752).