Saturday, December 8, 2012

The mitzvah of lighting a menorah


"What blessing does one recite [when kindling the Menorah]? 'Who sanctified us with his mitzvot and instructed us to light the Chanukah lamp.'

"But where did He give us such an instruction?! [Chanukah, occurring after the Torah was given, has no instructions in the Torah!]

"Rav Avya answered: From 'Do not deviate from the words of the sages.'

"Rav Nechemyah answered: From 'Ask your father and he will tell you,
your elders and they will tell you.'"

(Talmud, Shabbat 23a)

חג אורים שמח,

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