Monday, December 7, 2015

Remazim on Chanukah

Received from our friend, Reb David Friedman

I thought of this on Shabbos. 

During Reb Nachman’s life, his Chassidim used to travel to him three times a year: Rosh Hashanah, Shabbos Chanukah and Shavuos. Today people travel to Uman on these three occasions also. This is hinted to in the following way:

It says כי נר מצוה ותורה אור ודרך חיים תוכחות מוסר (Mishlei, 6:23) -- "A mitzvah is a candle and Torah is light, and corrective rebuke is the path of life." The initial letters of נר מצוה ותורה אור ("A mitzvah is a candle and Torah is light") spell אומן ("Uman")

Rosh Hashanah is hinted to by the last letters of the phrase נר מצוה ותורה אור which are ר"ה, the first letters of   ("Rosh Hashanah") ראש השנה.

Shabbos Chanukah is hinted to by the verse itself. Rashi explains הרגיל בנר הויין ליה בנים תלמידי חכמים / One who regularly lights a candle will have sons who are Torah scholars (Shabbos 23b) by quoting כי נר מצוה ותורה אור and says that through the candles of Shabbos and Chanuka one brings the light of Torah. 

Also כ״ה כסלו (25 Kislev, which is when Chanukah begins) is numerically equal to "mitzvah"מצוה  

As for Shavuos, if you take the first letters of ודרך חיים תוכחות מוסר ("corrective rebuke is the path of life"), they are equal to חמשים יום which of course is Shavuos, the fiftieth day after we begin counting the Omer. 

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