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The Commandment is a Lamp, and the Teaching (Torah) is Light

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The Sermon lights the lamp of Ḥanukkah to give light over against it as to why its range was fixed at eight days, together with the lesson regarding the relation between it [Hanukkah] and the divine Torah which the Greeks sought to abolish. Maybe, with this he intended to point out the great reward for he who habitually practices [the lighting of] the Sabbath lamp who is superior to he who habitually practices [the lighting of] the Hanukkah lamp. For indeed, she [the Torah] stands in everlasting eternity for her testimonies are very sure, for evermore although the mighty breakers of the sea come over her to sink her, they do not succeed as the psalmist alludes there. As the light of the seven days this alludes to the seven sciences that deal with the knowledge of the natural things created during the seven days of creation.

Keywords: commandment; creation; divine Torah; Hanukkah lamp; Sabbath lamp



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