Mikeitz 5772

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

At the end of every parsha, the chumash tells us the number of pesukim of the parsha. However, for parshas miketz, the number of words (which is 2025) is also included. Using gematria, the Vilna Gaon shows us the significance of this number. The Hebrew word for candle ("ner") has a numerical value of 250. Multiply that by 8 (number of nights of Chanukah) and you get 2000. The 25 is the same as the date of Chanukah, being 25 Kislev, resulting in a total of 2025. This is a cute reason why Miketz always falls out on Shabbos Chanukah.


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