Love of the Land

For the week ending 15 December 2007 / 6 Tevet 5768

Oil from the Mount of Olives

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
Chanukah is the time when so many Jews are performing the mitzvah of lights with olive oil as a way of recalling the fuel used to light the menorah in the Beit Hamikdash.

The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem may not necessarily have been the only source for the menorah oil but tradition has it that oil from the mountain's olive trees was used for anointing kings, kohanim gedolim and Beit Hamikdash implements, hence its other name – "Mount of Anointment".

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