Saturday, December 4, 2010

Flipping the miracle of Chanukah on its head


"Based on Tosafot Chagigah 28a שאין, who says that the fire on the altar in the Beit haMikdash came from the heavens and never ended, we may say that the miracle that the oil in the menorah was not finished during those days, involved fire that Gd sent down from the heavens as well.

"In truth, on the eighth day Gd created a miracle in that this fire, which normally would not finish its fuel, did finish the fuel in the menorah. Without this miracle, the Jews would have thought that Gd did not desire their oil. This was the miracle of the eighth night."

(Chatam Sofer haShalem, Shabbat 23a)

Have a great day,

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