The Haftarah for Shabbat Chanukah is from Zechariah. The haftarah shows that success isn’t determined by might, but by God. A fitting message for Chanukah when we celebrate that the few defeated the many. Haftorahman brings you a shiur on this Shabbat’s Haftarah from the Book of Prophets, explaining it in a dynamic and exciting way, […]
The Chanukah miracle could have been commemorated in a single day. Why, then, is Chanukah an 8-day holiday? The answer lies in Brit Milah, one of the focuses of the Greeks’ spiritual oppression of the Jews.
Why does the Rambam combine the laws of Chanukah and Purim? Both are rooted in the concept that God through Providence responded to the Jews in their time of need. The Rambam’s Analysis of Chanukah. Presented by Rabbi Steven Weil. Download the source sheet here.
Chanukah is treated in the Talmud in a rather puzzling fashion. In response to the question, “What is Chanukah?” the Talmud relates the story of the cruse of undefiled oil found by a priest in the Temple. Why this relatively minor incident, to the exclusion of almost everything else? Would we not expect the Talmud […]
Here is one that goes great with Apple Sauce: 1 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated 2 scallions, finely chopped 1/2 cup plus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper Vegetable oil DIRECTIONS: Stir together potatoes, scallions, flour, eggs, salt, and pepper. Heat a film of […]
Chanukah begins on the evening of the 25th of Kislev and continues for eight days. For the entire eight days of Chanukah it is forbidden to fast or to eulogize. It is permitted to work; however it is customary for women not to work for at least the first half hour of the candles’ burning, […]
The Dreidel A children’s game, played in the firelight of a cold winter night, the Chanukah Menorah silently glowing in the window… The dreidel. Its four sides spinning around the still point in the turning circle; spinning so fast that its sides blur into nothingness… The dreidel. So seemingly insignificant – and yet this little […]