Imagine trekking through beautiful terrain. Over the hills, your destination is in sight but darkness quickly sets in. Your path is obstructed by thick foliage and your progress slows. Travelling deeper into the forest you become disoriented and panic. Growing wearier you begin to lose hope. You pray for help, but instead it begins to rain heavily and thunder shakes every fibre of your being. You persist and suddenly a flash of lightning illuminates your world. For a moment you have clarity and know the path you need to take. Invigorated, you move forward towards your destination.
This is the essence of Chanuka and Rosh Chodesh.