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The light that the Shamash emits

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26.11.2021

“And no office is more blessed than that of a servant of light.” This is how Herzl concludes an essay he called The Menorah. It begins, “Once there was a man who deep in his soul felt the need to be a Jew.” This need had been awakened by resurgent antiSemitism. Yet when he gazed upon the Hanukkah lights, hope began to gracefully dance within him.

He noted how the first night’s light stood alone. But then he was soothed by the addition of companion lights each night. Together, their glow dissipated a darkening descent that was swallowing sweetness all around him. It helped him discover a belief in the promise of his people’s rebirth.

This Shabbat we meet a biblical Joseph who........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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