More Discussions for this daf
1. Questions from Daf 13-21 2. R Shimon Ben Gamliel "Ma'aseh Rav" 3. Mistake in Question
4. Chashmona'im 5. Yonah's Kikoyon 6. Rav Huna and Rav Chisda
7. Time Chanukah Lights Must Burn 8. Miracle of Oil 9. The Parei ha'Chag of Sukkos and the Chanukah lights
10. Ner Ish u'Beiso 11. Mehadrin and Pirsum Nes 12. Mehadrin
13. The eight day miracle 14. The argument between Beis Shamai and Beis Hillel how to light the Chanukah lights 15. Hillel and Shamai
16. How to light the Chanukah candles: 17. Neros After 30 Minutes 18. Next year...
19. Eight days of Chanukah 20. שיטת אביי 21. טעמי ב"ש וב"ה
DAF DISCUSSIONS - SHABBOS 21

Benjamin asked:

My specific question is What is the reasoning for Hillel and Shami's disputes. Why did Hillel want to light 1, 2, 3 etc, and Why did Shami want 8, 7 ,6 etc?

The Kollel replies:

The Gemara offers two possible explanations for the Machlokes. Either Beis Shamai lights to represent the days yet to come, while Beis Hillel lights to represent the days already passed. Alternatively, the Gemara suggests that Beis Shammai has the lights correspond to the 70 cows brought for Korbanos on Sukkos which decrease each day (13,12,11 etc.), while Beis Hillel applies the rule of Ma'alin ba'Kodesh, that we must always establish Mitzvos in a way that we increase the Kedushah rather than decreasing it.

D. Zupnik