Spiritual Tools: Chanukah: Lishma
I learned from my master, the Baal Shem Tov, that the main idea of Torah and prayer is that one should attach himself to the innermost essence in each letter that he studies or prays. This essence is the Light of the Infinite Being.
When one does this, he is studying and praying for “its sake (Pesachim 50b).” [Toledot Yaakov Yosef, Vayeitzei]
Application: Light the Hanukkah candles with the prayer that through the light of the candles that represent the Light of the Infinite Being, we should merit to study and pray throughout the year at the level of “its sake.”