Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Menorah, the Shabbat Candle, Kiddush and Peace


Introductory note: One of the main purposes of Shabbat lights/candles is to illuminate the home, so that people will not trip over things or get into fights in their frustration in the dark.

"If a person must choose [financially] between Shabbat lights and Chanukah lights, or between Shabbat lights and kiddush for Shabbat, then Shabbat lights have precedence, for the sake of domestic peace...

"Peace is great, for the entire Torah was given for the sake of creating peace in the world, as it is written, 'Its paths are paths of pleasantness, and all of its ways are peace (Proverbs 3:17).'"

(Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Laws of Chanukah 4:14)

Have a great day,

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