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: Understanding the Depths of the Debates Between Rav Yehoshua ben Chananya and the Elders of Athens – part 4. When Rabbi Yehoshua arrives in Greece he meets a butcher & engages in a battle of with in order to reach the elders. The Maharal explains the significance. Previous Next
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 […]
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”?
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 […]
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 […]