Chanukah

Greece enlightening

One of the reasons the Greeks targeted the Mikdash to defile was because the Mikdash ran contrary to their philosophy and outlook on life. The Greeks believed in aesthetics and beauty, which meant that only that which is appealing to the eye is beautiful and praiseworthy.

Thus, the Mikdash, with…

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Oil Spill

Rashi seems to hold that the main miracle of Chanukah was the miracle of the oil; the miracle of victory in battle is not the main thing we are celebrating on Chanukah, according to Rashi. The question is why is this so - after all, the battle was a huge,…

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Chanuka - 'It's the Small things in Life' - Long Vort

This week we begin the dramatic story of the fall and rise again of Joseph, Yaakov’s seemingly favourite son. We also celebrate and relive the Chanuka experience.There are many serious fundamental issues that need to be understood in the story of Joseph. One less obvious, yet still troubling, question is…

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Shabbos Chanuka

Shabbos affords us the opportunity to climb to a higher level – above a 3 dimensional world of 6 to a metaphysical experience of 7. But Chanukah goes one step further, affording us the opportunity to touch the sublime, to experience the transcendental, to tap into an energy usually reserved…

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Hilchos Chanuka

Just over 2000 years ago, during the era of the second temple the Greek army invaded and conquered the land of Israel. The Greeks embarked on a campaign to spread Hellenistic culture amongst the Jews and imposed many anti religious decrees upon them. Many Jews abandoned their religion in favour…

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Chanukah: Celebration of...what?!

Chanuka: Celebration of...what?! Why do we huddle round our menorahs every year? Lighting candles for what exactly? So...most of us probably think because we won a war against the Greeks, and then when we went back to the temple to relight the menorah, there was a miracle and the last…

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CHANNUKAH

CHANNUKAH SAMEACH!! a great rabbi, HILLEL, taught that on the first night of Chanukah we light one candle and each successive night we add an additional candle until on the eighth night there are eight candles. Why did Hillel prescribe this method for commemorating the eight days of Chanukah? Wouldn't…

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Chanukah Thought

A short idea I had during Chanukah: Any close relationship contains elements that are exclusively ‘for’ the people involved in the relationship to the exclusion of anyone outside of it. If one party were to reveal to the outside world any of these intimate, shared things it could have a…

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