Happy Hanukkah to all,
We have a lot of good studies about Hanukkah that you can find on the home page under the column ‘Holidays’. The more we study about this special holiday, the greater we can expand our vessel and be able to draw the Light of Ohr Haganuz (The Concealed light from the days of Creation) that is revealed through the candles of Hanukkah.
I just studied a new meditation from the Yenuka** (See below), He revealed that the blessing of lighting the candles “להדליק נר חנוכה” connects us to the holy name of Keter אהיה אשר. It comes from the first time Hashem revealed himself to Moses during the ‘Burning Bush’ event, (Exodus 3:14 ) “אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה” “I AM WHO I AM”
The most significant candle is the candle of the day, the one that we light first. We set/prepare the candles from right to left and light them from left to right, meaning that the first candle we lit is the candle of the day. It is the one that connects us to the Ohr Haganuz and the rest of the candles receive from him. To fulfill the connection it is enough to light one candle a day, but to expand and elevate the vessel, we fill the place of the candles we lit in the days before.
After we light the candles we look at the flame of the candle of the day and scan the name אהיה אשר and pray to bring miracles, peace, and Mashiach to the world. When we pray for all we become a great channel for the great light and it will illuminate the ‘dark’ aspects in our lives, meaning fulfilling any lack that we may have. Remember that Ohr HaGanuz is the light that was used to create the whole world and Hashem concealed it to the world to come. Hanukkah is a rare opportunity to connect to it, and it would be better not to ‘waste’ it on selfish requests. The miracles as the Yenuka, Rabbi Shlomo Yehuda Shlita explains, come from a point of humility. The oil that they found in the Holy Temple was barely good for one day, and the miracle was that it ‘expanded’ to eight days. We nullify ourselves when we look at the flame and the holy name. This creates an aspect of an empty and pure vessel that is fit to receive the higher light.
Any oil can be good, but olive oil is the best because they produce a pure flame. Vax candles are good too. The most important is to have a clear and beautiful flame.
The Yenuka gives us advice on how to connect to the Ohr Haganuz.
אור הגנוז = 278 = Ohr Haganuz
כבוד + צלם+ אלהים=278 = Honor+ Image + God
When we read the image of God without the word ‘honor’, ‘כבוד’, we find that the words ‘plague in the world’ also gives us 278. As we know there are always two sides like ‘Snake’ and ‘Mashiach’ that have the same numerical value.
He explains that each one of use created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). When we look at another person, we should see or have in mind that the image of God surrounds him. If we give honor to that, we connect to the root of creation and the Light that existed when God created us.
Another revelation is that Ohr Haganuz + ‘God’ numerically = ‘Corona’. Also, ‘Ohr Haganuz’ and ‘Hanukkah’ equal ‘Corona’. Covid 19 = 25 of Kislev that is the first day of Hanukkah. We see a strong connection between the plague that affected most of the world and Hanukkah.
B”H we are able to connect to Ohr HaGanuz and draw peace to the world in this volatile time. Just do your best!
** The Yenuka
Rav Shlomo Yehuda Be’eri הרב שלמה יהודה בארי שליט”א. He is a Holy Tzadik. He is called ‘The Yenuka’ because he is young (about 32) and shows amazing knowledge of all aspects of the Torah. He knows by heart the Torah, Talmud and commentaries, Zohar and commentaries, Ari and commentaries, and many other writings of Tzadikim. During his lectures, he gives exact references by page number and paragraph. He has great humility, and many well-known rabbis in Israel come to his lectures. There are many stories accumulate about the miracles he makes with his blessings. I am happy to write about him because I see his existence in this world as a gift and a miracle from Hashem. It is great merit to have such a great soul in our generation. It’s a good sign that a greater light may be revealed soon in the world.
It is interesting to know that the initials of his name שבי. It is similar to the names of great Tzadikim like Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, Yitzchak ben Shlomo Luria (The Holy Ari), and Rabbi Shalom ben Yitzchak (The Rashash).
Those who are fluent in Hebrew can search his name in Hebrew to find links to information and lectures from him.
Here are some short video extracts from his lectures with subtitles in English. If you come across terms that are not clear, please feel free to post a question in the comments section below and I will answer as soon as I can.