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Jewish Holidays

Vintage Vessel

December 26, 2016, by

Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein We are all familiar with the miracle of Chanukah, how, after their victory over the Greeks, the Chashmonaim returned to find the devastation the Greeks had wrought on the Temple, how the Greeks had desecrated it and defiled and broken every jug of pure oil […]

Jerusalem vs. Athens: The Unifying Center

December 22, 2016, by

Jerusalem vs. Athens: Understanding the Depths of the Debates Between Rav Yehoshua ben Chananya and the Elders of Athens – part 3. The Torah, unlike Greek philosophy recognizes the concept that out of bad can come good, that even the bad is for the good. Greek philosophy doesn’t have a good explanation for why evil […]

In vs. Out

December 22, 2016, by

All of hilchot chanukah are house-oriented. Why did the Greeks defile, rather than destroy, the Beit HaMikdash unlike the Babylonians and Romans did? Why is the Beit Hamikdash referred to as a house, a “bayit”?

Chanukah 5777

December 22, 2016, by

Rav Ilson discusses How the Rambam, other Rishonim, the geonim, the Gemara, and Megillat Taanit approach at Chanukah & the differences between each approach.

OU Kosher Halacha Yomis: Chanukah

December 20, 2016, by

Which Comes First on Motzei Shabbos, Chanukah Lights or Havdalah? There is a dispute among the poskim concerning this question. Normally, in selecting the sequence of two mitzvos we are guided by the principle of tadir v’she’eino tadir – tadir kodem (the more frequent mitzvah is performed first). As such, the Taz (681:1) rules that […]

What is Hidden is Never Lost: Rapa-Dreidels, Portugal and the Marranos

December 19, 2016, by

Communal memories do not vanish.  They may become tenuous, fragile as wisps, as fragments, as shards of dreams.  But they remain.  Though the atrocities of the Inquisition sought to banish our memories, our faith, and our identity with cruelties unthinkable even in our own modern era of unspeakable cruelty we continued to remember.  And the […]

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