WHO HID THE
FLASK OF OIL?
Syrian-Greeks entered the Bais Hamikdash (Holy Temple) they
contaminated all the [flasks of] oil that were in the
Sanctuary. When the dynasty of the Hasmoneans grew strong
and conquered them (the enemy) they searched and found only
one flask of oil that was placed [in the Sanctuary] with the
seal of the Kohen Gadol, High Priest…..(Tractate Shabbos
suddenly came over the Kohen Gadol to secrete the flask of
oil that was found and of which the miracle happened?
the Kohen Gadol intended to hide a flask of oil, why didn’t
he hide a larger flask than this small one that contained
only one day’s worth of oil?
conclude that the practice of the Kohen Gadol was to fill
small flasks of oil for the daily lighting needs of the Bais
Hamikdash. Each flask contained enough oil to burn for one
night. When the Syrian-Greeks broke into the Bais Hamikdash
they contaminated all the small flasks of oil, except this
one that miraculously disappeared.