Sunday, December 21, 2008

Chanukah Elevation


"The school of Hillel says that on the first night [of Chanukah] we kindle one light, and then we add as we go along...

"What is the reasoning of the school of Hillel? For we elevate in holiness; we do not cause decent in holiness."

(This is often translated as "we ascend in holiness; we do not descend in holiness," but I believe that is a mis-translation; the Hebrew is "maalin" and "moridin" rather than "olin" and "yordin." It is not about our own ascent/descent; rather, it is the ascent/descent of the menorah, and perhaps the celebration of the miracle.)

(Talmud, Shabbat 21b)

Have a great day,

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