Hanukah - Hindsight
Rabbi Raymond Beyda
We must all realize that life moves very quickly and that what seems so
significant today may still be important tomorrow or it may fade quickly
from our consciousness. Good wine requires a patient aging process and very
often-successful decisions are made only after one gives ideas time to cook
slowly. Only after time places events in perspective can one be certain
that one's evaluation of their significance is correct. Don't jump to
conclusions. Give things a minute and more, and your reaction will turn out
to be in the correct proportion more times than not.
DID YOU KNOW THAT
We read the Torah in the synagogue all the eight days of Hanukah from the
chapters speaking about the offerings brought by the tribal leaders in the
desert for the dedication of the Tabernacle. The reason is that the
Tabernacle was completed on the 25th of Kislev the same day as the first
day of Hanukah. [The use of the Tabernacle as a Temple with daily offerings
did not begin until the first of Nissan 4 months later].
Berurah, Siman 684:1)
Another reason is that Hanukah means dedication and the Torah portion that
we read tells of the dedication of the Tabernacle our first Temple.
Lebush, Siman 684:1)
Text Copyright © 2003 Rabbi Raymond Beyda and Torah.org.