The chanukiah is placed in the doorway opposite the mezuzah

Illumined by faith: Chanukah

by yedidah on December 3, 2013


When we have explored every avenue but we still can’t do something, we feel only a miracle can help us. Something that is within our power, even if it is hard is not considered a miracle.

Before we start on our inner work, the notion of giving unconditionally in order to be in affinity of form with the Creator sounds good. We feel we could do it; we only have to want to. However, when we try in actual practice to do good without wanting anything back at all, we find we come across an unforeseen adversary, ourselves. Somehow, we don’t seem to be able to overcome those aspects of our ego that want to stop us giving to the other person unless we get something back for it. Then we know we need a miracle. This is the miracle of Chanukah.

The Gemorrah discusses the correct placement of the Chanukah candle. In Jerusalem and Safed it is a common sight to see the Chanukah candles outside the house opposite the mezuzah. What does this mean for all of us regarding the light of Chanukah and our inner work?

From the Bircat Shalom Sefer HaMaamarim of Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag

Other talks on chanukah:

Faith: Torah from the Years of Fury
Chanukah: The Triumph of the Soul over the Ego
Chanukah: What is a miracle?


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