Eight Days, Eight Lights – Day 4

Everything is born of light, and it would be more accurate to say that everything we see is only a category of light. In other words, we do not see things; we see their light. this is also true for the foremost symbol of light in Jewish mysticism: the Infinite Light, Or En Sof. We cannot know the En Sof, the Infinite, but only what emanates from it, its light, Or En Sof, which is both the principle and the essence of all reality Just as we can perceive only the light of the physical world, we cannot know the Infinite God, only His emanation.

From The Seven Lights, pg 332.


This Hanukkah, the Aleph Society is featuring “Eight Days, Eight Lights” – a series of insights into Hanukkah and being the light in this world. Check steinsaltz.org daily for new “lights”.

As a gift to you, Koren Publishers Israel have made available these pages from the Koren Talmud Bavli to illuminate your Hanukkah.

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