The power of 8! Looking at the Chanukah lights last night, many thoughts and prayers came to mind. Below are a few findings that I have come across that I would like to share with you before the day slips away. I will elaborate later in the day after today’s Chanukah events that my children are waiting to go to.
Zos Chanukah (moshiachiscoming.com)
Why is the eighth, and last, day of Chanukah called “Zos Chanukah” and what is it significance?
The eighth day of Chanukah contains the Torah reading including the sum total (Numbers 7:84) of all the tribes’ leaders’ dedication offerings. So the phrase used is “zos chanukas hamizbeach”, this was the dedication/inauguration, and the eighth day of Chanukah is then known as “zos chanukah” or “this is chanukah.” It has the longest Torah reading of all 8 days.
In Hassidic thought it has significance because it’s the wrap-up of the holiday, as if to say “this represents how our chanukah went this year”; in some schools of Hassidic thought it’s also seen as an extra-last-last chance for final judgment from the High Holidays (something like “the verdict is written on Rosh HaShanah and sealed on Yom Kippur … but the book isn’t closed until Hoshanah Rabba, and isn’t put back on the shelf until Zos Chanukah”
The day is mesugal for one to daven for; barren women to have children, for a Refuah Sheleimah, and for one to be blessed with increased Parnassah.
It is said in the name of the holy Rebbe, Rav Yisroel Rhiziner zechuso yagen aleinu that “what the tzaddikim of the generation accomplish through their lofty Neilah prayers on Yom Kippur, a simple Jew can ask and accomplish with his prayers on Zos Chanukah, the eighth day of Chanukah”. http://www.tehilimhotline.org/online_newsletter.asp?ProductID=212