Tuesday, December 23, 2014

another type of 'mosif v'holeich'

We all know that we pasken like Beis Hillel and are ‘mosif v’holeich,’ we and add an extra candle each night of Chanukah.  R’ Shmuel Eliyahu quotes his father, the Rishon l’Tzion R’ Mordechai Eliyahu, as being medayek from the Rambam another type of being ‘mosif’ that applies to Chanukah.  The Rambam writes (Chanukah 4:12) that the mitzvah of ner chanukah is a very precious mitzvah; therefore, a person must be very diligent and careful in lighting in order to publicize the miracle, “u’l’hosif b’shevah ha’K-l v’hodaya lo…”  The “l’hosif…” is not just an additional reason to light the menorah, but is a kiyum mitzvah in its own right.  One should be 'mosif v'holeich' not just by adding candles, but also in appreciating what Chanukah is all about.


  1. I don't really understand your point, you Started with kiyum and ended with appreciation. What I think your saying is mosif vholeich is in ruchnius which should increase each day.

    1. that's what I meant -- sorry if it was unclear.