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Jewish Holidays

Vessels for the Light

December 7, 2018, by

Why do we commemorate the re-inauguration of the Second Beit HaMikdash and the dedication of the Mishkan but not the original dedication of the Beit HaMikdash in the time of Shlomo? The connection between the small flasks for which Yaakov went back and the miracle of the oil Why is the miracle referred to as […]

Chanukah and Chinuch: The Power of the Beginning

December 6, 2018, by

Pnei Yehoshua: Hashem only performs miracles when necessary. If so, why was there a need for the miracle of the oil – if there was only impure oil they could have used it, it’s a שעת הדחק! In describing bringing the Tamid, the pasuk in Pinchas says: את הכבש אחד תעשה בבקר; earlier in Tetzaveh, […]

Ner Chanukah and Hekeira

December 5, 2018, by

In a society where candles were used for light (before electricity), how did one ensure that the candles used for Ner Chanukah are recognizable as being for a mitzvah  – especially given the fact that pirsumei nisa is a critical element of the mitzvah? If a person lives alone would they not be required to […]

Light Up the Legs

December 5, 2018, by

Why does the Gemara use the term “עד שתכלה רגל מן השוק” – specifically the leg to describe the time for lighting the menorah? What is the connection to the Regalim? Delivered at a lunch mesiba at Cho-Sen Island courtesy of the Kutner Brothers