The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Chanuka. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Ramah, Nosei Keilim, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. […]
Chanukah Specific Reminders: Keep the menorah away from curtains or any other flammable objects. Keep the menorahs away from the reach of small children. When making latkes, keep ALL children away from the hot oil. When making latkes, remember to turn frying pan handles away from the edge of the stove, so that they do […]
The Lights of Chanukah The Jewish tradition is that on the first night of Chanukah one flame is lit, on the second night two, and so on until the eighth night when eight flames are lit. Actually, the question of whether to begin the lighting with one flame and proceed, adding one each night, to […]
1. Because Chanukah is an eight-day holiday, and a week is only seven days, there has to be at least one “Shabbat Chanukah,” when Shabbat and Chanukah coincide. This year, we have a special blessing: two “Shabbatot Chanukah,” which can only happen when the first and eighth days fall on Shabbat, as they do this […]
The first Chanukah was essentially a reclamation and rededication of the Beit HaMikdash, the Holy Temple, which had been misappropriated and defiled by the Greeks and their assimilated Jewish allies. It was the restoration of the spiritual center of the Jewish People, the earthly seat of the Divine Presence. It was appropriate, in that light, […]
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Be realistic; plan for a miracle. – Osho Beis Yosef asked, “Why do we celebrate Chanukah for eight days if there was ample oil to last for one day? It would seem that the miracle was that the oil lasted an additional seven days… in which case, Chanukah should be celebrated for seven days, not […]
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One of the special laws of the shemitta year is the prohibition of sefichin – grains and vegetables which were not planted in the seventh year but rather grew by themselves as the aftergrowth of the sixth year. For most produce, the prohibition of sefichin extends until Chanukah (Yerushalmi Demai 2:1, Rambam Shemitta 4:6). In […]