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Jewish Holidays

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, […]

Final Flames

December 11, 2017, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             We tend to think of our holidays as commemorating events in our history, but our Sages tell us that the Torah with all its precepts existed before the world was created, and all the holidays and mitzvoth were in place before the Jews were commanded […]

The Message of Chanukah

December 11, 2017, by

The real celebration of Chanukah is the re-dedication of the Mikdash, the miracle of the oil was a secondary miracle that made the Jews realize that the victory over the Greeks and the re-dedication were miraculous.

Chanukah: The Imponderable of Rav Yehoshua M’Kutna

December 10, 2017, by

The gemara requires one to sell his garment in order to afford ner chanukah, but the gemara also says if you only have enough money for ner chanukah or ner shabbos, shabbos takes precedence, but one isn’t required to sell their garment to buy shabbos candles!?! Shiur provided courtesy of Torah Anytime

Burn and Scald Prevention

December 9, 2017, by

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 […]

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