Saturday, December 20, 2008

The source for lighting the Menorah


Indirectly, Chanukah testifies to Jewish loyalty to the words of the Sages:

"[When we light the menorah, we recite the following blessing:] 'You are blessed, Gd... who sanctified us with mitzvot and instructed us to light the lamp of Chanukah.'

"But where did Gd instruct us to do this?! [Chanukah occurred after the canonization of Tanach; there can be no biblical instruction to light the menorah!]

"Rabbi Avya explained: It is written, 'You shall not stray from what the sages tell you, right or left.'" [In other words: This does not appear in the text of the Torah, but it is an instruction of the Sages and is honored as such.]

(Talmud, Shabbat 23a)

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