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On account of the glory which the Holy One, blessed be He, bestows upon them at the time of their departure from the world. In the world’s use, when a man dies, his sons, if he has sons, attend him. But the Holy One, blessed be He, would not have it only thus,14 for as R. Isaac said: The Holy One Himself, blessed be He, attends the holy. And the proof? Thy righteous one 15 shall go before thee (Isa. ). In a similar vein the elder R. Hiyya said: When a holy man leaves this world, three companies of angels attend him: one saying Let him come in peace (Isa.
In a time of danger,4 however, [such as the time of H adrian’s persecution], he may kindle it within his house, but it is forbidden to do work by its light. R. Assi said: It is forbidden to use its light to see by. And why are lamps kindled during H anukkah? A t the time that the sons of the Hasmonean, the H igh Priest, triumphed over the kingdom of Greece—the time referred to in the verse When . . / raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece (Zech. 7 And why is the H a lle l8 1. P s a lm 3 0 u se d to b e r e a d in th e s y n a g o g u e d u r in g th e w e e k o f H a n u k k a h .
Ammi, and he said to me, I asked Resh Lakish, and he replied likewise, saying to me: Brimstone and salt. R. Berechiah said: T o explain what the teachers were holding back34 in their enigmatic reply o£ “ Brimstone,” [we would say:] With brimstone and salt the Holy One, blessed be He, intends to inflict punishment upon the wicked in Gehenna. 35 As R. Judah ben R. Il‘a’i 36 said: For seven years the Land of Israel burned with brimstone and salt, for it is said The whole Land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and a burning (Deut.