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Jewish Holidays

Background and Laws of Chanukah

November 26, 2017, by

There is a Biblical obligation to celebrate when a Beit HaMikdash is dedicated. When we celebrate Chanukah it is in anticipation of the third Beit HaMikdash. The institution of the mitzvah of nerot Chanukah and what should be used. Is a kli required? When should children begin lighting? Should married women light? Should one light […]

The First Miracle of the Oil

November 26, 2017, by

Why was there a need for the miracle of the oil, if there’s no oil, they simply wouldn’t have lit the menorah!?! What exactly is the miracle of the oil and what does shemen represent? Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event

Kislev: A Time of Rebirth

November 26, 2017, by

Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event What is the Jewish definition of time? In Judaism, events don’t determine time, time determines events. What is the nature of the month of Kislev and how does that relate to Chanukah and other events that occurred in Kislev?

Chanukah: Home Sweet Home

November 23, 2017, by

How does “Af Hein Hayu B’Oto HaNes” apply to Chanukah? What does the term “ner ish u’beito” mean and why the emphasis on “bayit”? Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event

Reading Megilat Antiochus on Chanukah

November 6, 2017, by

On Purim, we are obligated to read Megillat Esther which is a historical account of the Purim story. Why is there no parallel mitzvah on Chanukah to read Megilat Antiochus? Shiur provided courtesy of Torah Anytime

The Biblical Roots of Chanukah

October 3, 2017, by

Is it simply by chance that Chanuka occurs on the 25th of Kislev?  Most students would answer with a definitive ‘YES’.  After all, doesn’t the word ‘Chanuka’ evolve from the popular acronym, CHANU be-CHAF HEH – they rested [from battle] on the 25th (of Kislev)?  Presumably, then, had the battle ended (and/or had the miracle […]

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