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Jewish Holidays

Chanukah: The Spark Within

November 8, 2018, by

What is the secret to attaining greatness? Why is the flood called מי נח, indicating Noach is partially to blame? Noach didn’t take action because he didn’t believe he had the ability to prevent the flood. This is the message of calling the flood “מי נח”. The contrast between Noach on the one hand and […]

Lighting Chanukah Candles: A Brisker Perspective

November 8, 2018, by

Mehadrin min hamehadrin according to the Rama is for each person to light from 1 to 8. According to the Rambam 1 person lights from 1 to 8. The Brisker Rav explains that their machloket is based on whether one can accomplish hiddur mitzvah after the main obligation has been fulfilled. Recorded at OU Israel’s […]

Chanukah from the Perspective of Sefer HaMitzvos

May 3, 2018, by

When the Gemara asks מאי חנוכה, it quotes a short excerpt from מגילת תענית including the miracle of the oil. Does the gemara (and the Rambam) deliberately omit the rest of what is written including the re-dedication of the Beit HaMikdash? Chanukah and the prohibition of bal tosif.

Zot Chanukah: 3 Gifts From Heaven

December 21, 2017, by

The Torah reading for Zot Chanukah has 50 verses; why couldn’t Moshe understand the menorah? The gematria of chanukah and the total number of pesukim we read is 89. Shiur provided courtesy of Torah Anytime

Chanukah and Hiddur

December 20, 2017, by

Unlike other mitzvot, there are 3 levels of how to perform the mitzvah of lighting the chanukah menorah. Why is hiddur so integral to the laws of Chanukah?