First Candle of Hanukah
Don't you just love that picture? Go see it now before it's moved inside the Third Temple where only the Kohanim will be able to see it!!
I have a puzzle for your holiday pleasure. I'll provide the pieces and you put them together and see what comes out. I hope you will play along and post your answers in the comments section. (Remember it only works in Explorer) Or you can email it to me and I will post it as a comment for you.
The first piece is the one that set my train of thoughts in motion. It's the quote from Rav Fish that Yeranen Yaakov posted in which he says that...
"...the late Shomrei Emunim Rebbe ZT"L...told [one of his grandchildren] a few weeks before his death about the year 5773 that on Hanukka, there will be fire...."
That reminded me of the verse from the haftarah of Parshat Vayishlach, Ovadyah 1.18:
"The House of Jacob will be a fire and the House of Joseph a flame - and the House of Esau like straw;...."
All the talk of fire and flames made me think of the Hanukah candles. And then my mind wandered to Yosef since he is now the "star" of our current batch of parshiot. Suddenly, I recalled that Hanukah had originally been a substitute for Sukkot for the Chashmonayim who had been unable to celebrate the holiday because of the war..."The First Hanukkah : It was actually a Sukkot celebration"
If so, then in accordance with the order of the Ushpizin, Yosef's day is the sixth day of Hanukah which is also Rosh Chodesh Tevet and the following day which falls out on Shabbat Parshat Mikeitz (the parshah where Yosef is delivered from prison and raised to political heights) would correspond to Hoshanah Rabbah. That makes Zot Hanukah the equivalent of Shmini Atzeret.
It's not one of the pieces, but I might as well throw into this mix the fact that the sixth day of Hanukah is exactly one week before the Mayan 21.12.12 date.
Now, can you put these puzzle pieces into any kind of order? Do you see a bigger picture? Maybe you have some pieces to add to it? Please help me out here.
Wishing us all a very enlightening Festival of Lights.