Countdown to Chanukah 29
Just as there is a concept of Tosefet Kedusha – adding onto – Shabbat and the Festivals, by beginning early and ending late, so too, there is a Mitzvah to add on to Chanukah. (Sha’ar Hakavanot, Inyan Chanukah)
The entire idea of Chanukah is Oral Law. The festival is not biblical. Its essence is our ability to transform what is mundane into something holy.
We are accustomed to Chanukah and we can easily forget that we created its sanctity. The best way to remember this message is to add time onto each day and to spend even just a few moments before lighting the candles, preparing for the Mitzvah by learning about Chanukah.