Two of the best-known candle-lighting customs are the Chanuka lights and the candle by which we search for chametz on Pesach eve. On the face of it these two mitzvot could not be more opposite. The candle at Pesach eve is entirely utilitarian, in order to help us find chametz, and its entire character is […]
During the Second Temple period when the Hellenist kings ruled, they made decrees against Israel and suppressed their religion. They did not permit them to study Torah and perform mitzvot. They seized their wealth and their daughters. They entered the Sanctuary, breached its walls, and defiled the objects of purity. Israel was greatly afflicted by […]
Fatalism and Freedom: Pharaoh’s Chanukah Dreams: Pharaoh’s dreams, through a long chain of events, led to a great revelation of a single God who controls nature. This concept is the antithesis of what the Greeks believed.
In the Haftarah for the second Shabbat Chanukah, Shlomo prepares to dedicate the Beit HaMikdash. Hundreds of years later, the Jews did the same on the first Chanukah. Haftorahman brings you a shiur on this Shabbat’s Haftarah from the Book of Prophets, explaining it in a dynamic and exciting way, making learning the Haftorah a […]
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.