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Rav Kook on Chanukah: Kindling The Individual And Universal Light

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The people of Israel are lighting the eight lights of Chanukah everywhere.

The Talmud recounts the original disagreement between the schools of Shammai and Hillel about the proper order of kindling:“Beit Shammai say: On the first day one kindles eight lights and, from there on, gradually decreases. And Beit Hillel say: On the first day one kindles one light, and from there on, gradually increases.” (Shabbat 21b)

Should we light from eight to one or one to eight? There is a rich halachic discussion as to the core reason for the dispute and why we follow Beit Hillel’s opinion.

Rav Avraham Itzchak HaCohen Kook ZT’L offered a deep insight that is very relevant........

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