Monday, December 29, 2008

Spirit of the Law: Chanukah #24

(Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 139:24) “...when Rosh Chodesh Teves falls out during the week…”
The Sfas Emes, zt”l, writes that Rosh Chodesh Teves receives the illumination of all the candles for the remainder of the month. Perhaps this is why we light thirty-six candles: to allude to the fact that the light of Chanukah rests on the days of Chanukah that precede Rosh Chodesh along with the entire month of Teves, which never total more than thirty-six days.
Rav Nosson of Breslov writes that the main avodah of the eighth day of Chanukah is to draw down and expand these spiritual illuminations into each day of the coming month and the year beyond. Hashem should help us begin anew on this most holy day!

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