Friday, December 14, 2007

World's Largest Menorah

Click here to view world's largest Menorah, in Birobizhan, Russia:

Problem is, however, it's not kosher for Chanukah -- in order to fulfill the mitzva, it has to be within 32 feet of the ground. Otherwise, it's too high up, not viewable to the average pedestrian unless you look up.

This teaches us a powerful lesson about Judaism in general and Chanukah in particular.
We need to see the miraculous in every aspect of our lives, even in the down-to-earth, daily routine. If it's too lofty, too sublime, too abstract... it's not helping us achieve the purpose for which we were created, to illuminate the darkness of the world with the light of Torah.

Our Jewishness ought to be expressed outwardly through the mitzvos we do in the realm of action as well, not just in speech and thought.

Happy Chanukah!