Monday, September 2, 2019

Which מאיר?

אלהא דמאיר ענני
Which מאיר?

According to the מהרש"א
(עבודה זרה 18) It can’t refer to the
תנא ר' מאיר* because he was still

In his lifetime** he would not use
his own name attached to Hashem (אלהא).

The מהרש"א says “it refers to Hashem.
 מאיר is not a name. It is a word, אלהא דמאיר
 Hashem who lights up the world. (המאיר לארץ )  

Or, "אלהא דמאיר" Hashem who lit up for us 
during the dark days of the Greeks with
the נס of Chanukah”.
He shall bring  ניסים to save you.
* עיין הגהות יעבץ
**עיין רש"י בראשית ל"א: מ"ב ד"ה ופחד יצחק

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