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Jewish Holidays

Miracles: They Spin and Spin All Around

December 5, 2017, by

For me, dreidels are personal. In years gone by, I have been a rabbi, a teacher, a principal, a rebbi, I have been a lecturer, a communicator.  I have been so many things.  Looking back at my life is sometimes like looking through an old photograph album.  There are times I hardly recognize the man […]

Chanukah – The Power Given to Man

December 4, 2017, by

“The main reason for the decree against the Jewish people was because the Kohanim became lazy in their service.” – Bach, Tur Shulchan Aruch 670 Almost every yom tov has a festive meal associated with it; Chanukah does not. The Bach explains that Chazal established these days as a time of “praise and thanksgiving,” purely […]

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

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