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"In direct consequence to the overwhelming success of the Maccabee project, the administration of Heaven Inc. has decided to provide yet another wondrous manifestation of the truth behind the cosmos, a.k.a. a miracle. We are presently accepting proposals..."

The Menorah Files

The Menorah Files

The inside story behind the Chanukah miracle

© Natalia Kadish
© Natalia Kadish

Burning a flask of oil for eight days may seem a plain vanilla sort of miracle, but for the engineering teams up in Heaven Inc. it was no piece of cake.

Here's the story from their perspective —and from that of the great halachist, Rabbi Yosef Karo.

Major miracle goes up for tender
Heaven Inc. e-mails all heavenly engineering firms conditions and stipulations for the menorah miracle.
Guidance from the future
How the Heavenly Court commissioned the services of an earthly consultant.
The best oil Heaven can provide
"No, I don't mean your schematics, or your software code or any of that. I'm talking about the human interface."
Oil unlimited from Outanowhere inc.
Outanowhere inc. presents their alternative solution
The limits of unlimitedness
Outanowhere discovers that more is less and infinite power is not always a sufficient solution.
Talmudic thumbs vs. Syrian swords
Rabbi Karo stumps the Heavenly Court
Flaming Wonders and the Angel of Athens
Yosef Karo confronts the angel of Ancient Greece
The ultimate unresolution
Halacha emerges victorious over Greek logic
...and the author's response
A puzzled fan learns that if it all makes sense, you've got it wrong.
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