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"Flames" focuses on the multiple images of the lamp; the oil, the wick and the different hues of the flame, in order to express profound guidance in the divine service of every individual: Just as the oil fuses flame and wick, so does the performance of practical mitzvot keep the radiance of the soul kindled upon the body.

Flames

Flames

A Chanukah Discourse by Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch

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THE SOUL OF MAN IS THE LAMP OF G-D."
-King Solomon, Proverbs 20:27

This discourse, written by Rabbi DovBer, the second Rebbe of Lubavitch, focuses on the multiple images of the lamp, the oil, the wick and the different hues of the flame, in order to express profound guidance in the divine service of every individual.

It is practical deeds that keep the radiance of the soul kindled upon the body-acting much like the oil that fuses flame and wick.

Flames demonstrates that while spiritual endeavors such as contemplative prayer and inner personal transformation are important, nonetheless, the actual performance of mitzvot is what is most essential. It is practical deeds that keep the radiance of the soul kindled upon the body-acting much like the oil that fuses flame and wick.

The reader is thus challenged to recognize the many dimensions reflected in the flame analogy, and to then implement them in his or her relationship with G‑d.

Although Flames is a Chanukah discourse, it presents concepts that are of perennial significance.

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