Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Chanukah: the holiday of progress

Two years ago I posted about the ramifications of ches neros vehalacha kebeis Hillel http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/2009/11/hillels-approach-for-chanukah-and-for.html

Hillel and Shamai had different views about the order in which Chanukah candles should be lit. Beis Shamai’s view was that the candles should parallel the cows offered during Sukkos, which began with the full number but went down one each day. As we know, we follow the opinion of Beis Hillel, which is to begin with one and add on a candle each successive night. 

The way we light, we progress forward to build up to greater and greater light. That's true progress. We tend to think of progress in terms of technological or material advances. But the real progress one is to make through life is to bring out more light -- not more stuff, but the intangible flame of Torah. 


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