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- What took 8 days 2 answers
In a previous post regarding the quantity of oil sufficient for one day’s lighting of the Menorah the answer given was the quantity of oil is more than one liter, but not more than two liters per day, hardly a large amount. I have a one liter bottle of olive oil in my pantry, and a four liter can in the basement.
This response raises a question:
The Rambam – Laws of Chanukah 3:2, states that it took eight days to press and extract pure olive oil.
והדליקו ממנו נרות המערכה שמונה ימים עד שכתשו זיתים והוציאו מן טהור…
…and they lit the arranged (?) lamps from it for eight days until they pressed olives and extracted pure oil.
Eight days is very long time to obtain a relatively small quantity of oil (16 liters maximum for 8 days). Theoretically in 165 BCE, you did not have to go far to find jars of oil. Ramat Rachel, a few miles south of Jerusalem, historically was a collection and distribution center for oil and wine for 100’s of years (Taxes and tribute were paid in oil and wine).
My question then is: Where was the Rambam coming from that eight days were required?