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The chanukah candle lights us from within as well as from without. Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag

The Chanukah candle within.

by yedidah on December 7, 2015

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“The three components of the chanukah candle are the vessel itself, the wick and the oil. All three elements need to be present to receive the flame of Chanukah.”

Thus Rabbi Baruch Ashlag starts an amazing letter on the elements that make up the equivalent of the Hanukkah candle within each and everyone of us. The light of Hanukkah is the revelation of God’s goodness in a direct and unequivocal way, such that the weak overcame the strong, and the few the many.

Yet the story that symbolizes the whole miracle is the story of the candle. Naturally this candle should have  given out its light for one day only, but it gave out its light for  eight days. An event beyond the natural world, an event beyond logic or philosophy. A direct revelation of God’s light.

Similarly in our own lives, we yearn for the direct revelation of God’s light. Rabbi Baruch  Shalom Ashlag teaches the inner components of our own inner candle for the flame of Chanukah  to be ignited within us.

This podcast is based on a letter of Rabbi Baruch Shalom Halevei Ashlag taken from the book Bircat Shalom, Mamarim bavodat HaShem al derech haemet.

Dedicated for a Refuah Shlemah to Chava bat Shifra Hinde

Other talks on the inner meanings of Chanukah

The triumph of the soul over the ego

What is a miracle?

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And God  said to Avraham , “I am the Lord, who brought you forth from Ur of the Chaldees, to give you this land to inherit it.”
Although it is clear from the text that Avraham believed God, he still had a question. On the surface he is asking for some surety that he will indeed inherit the land. But a closer  look at the text shows that this was not his concern. He was more concerned over whether his children would want the inheritance.

He asks God, ” How do I know that I will be able to give it as an inheritance?”

God’s answer, “You shall surely know that your seed will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and they will enslave them and oppress them, for four hundred years,” is hardly one that we would take as reassuring, yet it seems that Avraham accepted it as sufficient.

Abraham was not concerned over to whom he would leave his tents and his sheep. He was concerned over to whom he would be able  to give his love of God, his faith in Him, as an inheritance. Would his children want that?  What did Avraham see in God’s answer that reassured him?

Avraham’s question and God’s answer turn out to have immense meaning for us now. The themes of exile and redemption, indeed the need of exile and its redemption  are on–going inner states of consciousness as Rabbi Ashlag  explains in this discourse that he gave to his students.

This class is a translation and explanation of a an oral discourse given by the Baal haSulam transcribed by Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag  in his work, Shamati. ( Arie Miskanot le Paroh) ( 1 hour) 

My grateful thanks to the many chevrutas who learned this article with me this year.

 Other Pesach talks on Nehora press are:

The inner meaning of Seder night 

Who knows One? From exile to redemption

 The inner meaning of the four cups

 

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