Babylonian Talmud Shabbat 21b #2

 

תלמוד בבלי שבת כא:

Original Text:

ת"ר מצות חנוכה נר איש וביתו... ב"ש אומרים יום ראשון מדליק שמנה מכאן ואילך פוחת והולך וב"ה אומרים יום ראשון מדליק אחת מכאן ואילך מוסיף והולך

Translation:

Our Rabbis taught that the mitzvah of Hanukkah is for each person to light the candles in their own home... Beit Shammai maintains: On the first day (of Hannukah) eight lights are lit and thereafter they are gradually reduced; but Beit Hillel say: On the first day one is lit and thereafter they are progressively increased.

[Adapted from the Soncino Translation of the Babylonian Talmud]

Suggested Discussion Questions:

1.) Why do you think that Beit Hillel holds this way? What about Beit Shammai?
2.) Which one makes the most sense to you?
3.) Which one do we practice today?

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