Jewish Holidays

The Menorah and The Sukkah

December 15, 2009, by

Mishnas Chayim for Parshas Mikeitz & Chanukah – Last week we discussed the famous question posed by the Beis Yosef concerning the duration of the Yom Tov of Chanukah. True, the oil burned for eight days, but only seven of those days seem to have comprised the miracle, as the kohanim started out with enough […]

Chanukah: Miraculous Expansion

December 9, 2009, by

Mishnas Chayim for Parshas Vayeishev & Chanukah – Almost as familiar as the wondrous miracle of the Menorah to which the eight days of Chanukah correspond is the Beis Yosef’s question about this figure. Read the text version

The Two Dreams of Hanukkah

December 9, 2009, by

The story of Chanukah is typical of all our confrontations in the Galut, the Diaspora. In aristocracy, each family has a coat of arms, an emblem. What was the emblem of Joseph? It was the ketonet passim, of course, the multicolored coat, a coat composed of stripes that his father made for him (Gen. 37:3). […]

Miracles and Dreidles

December 8, 2009, by

WHAT A MODEST, SPINNING TOP CAN TEACH US ABOUT MIRACLES We live in an age of miracles and wonder. Does that sound like a ridiculous statement to you – to characterize the age of the Internet, gene therapy, and biological science as an age of miracles? For many people, it does sound ridiculous. To their […]

Chanukah Cupcake “Menorah”

December 7, 2009, by

I think this Cupcake “Menorah” (not to replace the real one!) is such a cute and easy idea. You can start with any boxed cake mix recipe and use ready-made frosting or make your favorite basic cake and frosting recipe. Make a healthier choice using recipes for Banana Bread or Carrot Cake. Just bake them […]

The Mother of Children is Joyous

December 24, 2008, by

The story of Chana and her seven sons is well known. But what is less known is what it says about Chanukah, the Oral Torah, and in particular, the timeless Oral Torah of women that passes down through the generations. Rav Elon shows how this story is an inspiration for us not only in moments […]

Rav Hutner on Chanukah

December 24, 2008, by

The profound thoughts of Rav Hutner Zt’l on Chanukah. Presented by Rabbi Yosef Grossman, OU Director of Kosher Education and host of “The Good Vort” on OURadio.org. Recorded live at OU World Headquarters NY, NY December 24, 2008.