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Jewish Holidays

Changing the World

December 18, 2017, by

Understanding what the Greeks had against Kiddush Hachodesh When the moon complained that the sun and moon were the same size, why did it use the analogy of the crown? Why was Rosh Chodesh the first mitzvah given to Bnei Yisrael?

What Holds Reality Together

December 14, 2017, by

Understanding why the Greeks hated Bris Milah and the special significance of “Zos Chanukah”. The concept of eight is intrinsic to milah and milah typefies the number eight. Why does the Torah give a summary of all the korbanot of the Nesi’im? Why do we burn the leftover wicks and oil from the eight nights? […]

Finding Your Inner Hero

December 13, 2017, by

The Director of OU’s Women’s Initiatives talks about how heroes are integral to the Chanukah story – and heroines are too! Presented at the Young Israel of Woodmere, December 6, 2017

One Coin—Two Sides

December 13, 2017, by

When we check the weekly sedrah reading for Shabbas Chanukah (ie the narrative of the sale of Yosef, in the weekly Parshios of Vayeishev, Mikeitz or Vayigash) looking for some prophetic hint or link to the holiday, we find to our surprise a whole host of phrases that sound familiar to us, not related to […]

Chanukah Sugyos

December 13, 2017, by

Kavsah Ein Zakuk Lah – If the Chanukah Candles Go Out There is a machlokes in the Gemara (Shabbos 21a-b) if one is obligated to relight the Chanukah candles in the event that they go out before having burned for the requisite amount of time. Rav Huna holds that you do have to relight them, […]