Chanukah is still underway, but we can wax philosophical here, amongst the halakhic details about not reusing even the flame from the Chanukah candles. Nor disparage the blood from sacrifices. Nor retie tzitzit strings on a new garment. And while we’re at it, Rabbi Shimon’s definition of “melakhah she’einah tzerichah le-gufah” – creative labor for which the direct product of that action is not needed – comes into play. Bottom line: How are we to treat our ritual objects and their byproducts?
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