Fire, more spiritual than physical, provides light and warmth and is compared to the soul (Ki ner Hashem nishmas adam). Jews use fire to bring in Shabbos and Yom Tov, for Havdallah when we part with Shabbos, and to light our Chanukah menorahs…
But did you know fire is also used for…
Smoking bees from their hive.
Roasting food on coals or a grill.
Sharpening and fire-hardening digging sticks and spears.
to stop bleeding.
Clearing brush for ease of travel.
Recurve and reflex bows for wood bending.
Smoking meat to preserve it for long periods of time.
Sending signals via smoke or campfire to other communities. (Rosh Chodesh)
Today, we use cell phones as a main means of communication. Did you know that the average person uses only 33% of their cell phone minutes and pays an average of $3.02 per minute?! 41% of cell phone users pay 50 cents per minute, less than 10% pay 10 cents per minute, and 11% pay $10 per minute! I guess talk isn’t so cheap after all!