It is well known that it takes three to be obligated in zimmun and that ten are required for a minyan, but how many are required to screw in a lightbulb?
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To change a lightbulb, you need a crew that is superior in both number and wisdom to the crew that put the lightbulb there in the first place.
- Collective Bargaining Agreement of the International Brotherhood of Lighbulb-Changers II:3:b:iv, citing Rambam, Mamrim 2:2
CHANGE the lightbulb?! My grandmother donated that light bulb!
We are not allowed to change the light bulb, but we can be mechadesh a new light bulb. However, in order to know whether the light bulb is being changed or whether the new one is a proper chiddush, one must have knowledge of the full range of Torah; knowing just the halachos of light bulbs is insufficient. In addition, the chiddush of a new light bulb must be from within the system, not from the outside. Psychologizing, historicizing, or otherwise rationalizing the previous light bulb's expiration is illegitimate.
Replacing a burnt-out lightbulb with one that works is a tiny act of tikkun olam, repairing the world. Not only is it repair but, being about light, it's a small repair to the original shattering of light, tzimtzum! Not only is there no minimum number of Jews to make this repair, but you are obligated to take the steps you can when you discover the problem. As Rabbi Tarfon teaches in Pirke Avot 2:16:
He used to say: It is not your responsibility to finish the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.
We keep using the broken lightbulb זכר לחורבן.
Jews have never replaced lightbulbs. Everybody knows that we've always used LED bulbs which practicality never need to be replaced all the way back to Moshe Rabeinu.
Gd willing Mashiach will come very soon so we don't need to change the lightbulb.
This is a very old question, my friend... I'm generous, so I'm including a few possible answers:
None. Jews don't change light bulbs. They ask someone else to do that for them.
Depends on the Nusach or Shita that they follow
They don't change light bulbs. They're OK with "living in the dark".
We learn about changing the lights from the service in the Bais HaMikdash. There, the Kohahim tended to the Ner Tamid, which was always burning. Only a Kohen could tend to the menorah, and likewise today only a Kohen can change a lightbulb. The procedure is that he comes in the morning and removes the old light that was burning all night. Then he comes back in the evening and puts in a new lightbulb. Today we cannot ask a Kohen to do work for us, and also we are not 100% sure on the mesorah for kohanim, so usually light bulbs remain unchanged.
Only one Jew. If you have more than one do it then we run into the problem of “Two Jews, three opinions,” and then nothing will ever get done. Al achat kama vekama more than two.
At least a million Jews.
As it says ליהודים היתה אורה
To the Jews it was lit.
according to many estimates there were about a million Jews that lived in Persia, despite only 42,000 Jews that went back to Eretz Yisrael with Ezra