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Jewish Holidays

Shedding Light on Chanukah: A Practical Guide

December 7, 2015, by

What is Chanukah? During the period of the second temple, the Syrian-Greek kingdom issued decrees against the Jews observing the Torah and following the commandments in an attempt to cause them to culturally assimilate. They disrupted the Sanctuary of the Temple and rendered it ritually impure. G-d sent redemption through a rebellion led by the […]

Redemption, The Ultimate Miracle: A Dreidel Story

December 2, 2015, by

My dreidels delight me. They delight me because of their colors and shapes; they delight me because of all that they represent and they delight me because guests in our home smile when they see them. But sometimes a guest will look at my collection with a curious twinkle and ask: “But why so many?   […]

Halacha L’Maaseh on Chanuka

November 30, 2015, by

Introduction to Chanuka Chanuka commemorates the miracle of God’s saving the Jews during the time of the Greek empire. The Greeks wanted to destroy Judaism and Jewish practices and have the Jews follow the Greek culture and religion. A small group of Jews defeated the Greek army, which was the world’s greatest military force at […]

Your Best Chanukah Lighting: Eight Tips

November 30, 2015, by

There are precious moments in our lives that we all wish to make memorable and lasting. Lighting the menorah is one of those special moments. Many of us simply light the menorah and move on. The key to success: Don’t rush through this precious mitzvah. Slow down. Take in the moment. Pious Jews were known […]

Hilchot U’Minhagei Chanukah

December 16, 2014, by

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Chanukah. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyot, Shulchan Aruch and Rama, Nosei Keilim, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebbeim. […]

The Lights of Chanukah: Laws and Customs

April 9, 2014, by

The Lights of Chanukah The Jewish tradition is that on the first night of Chanukah one flame is lit, on the second night two, and so on until the eighth night when eight flames are lit. Actually, the question of whether to begin the lighting with one flame and proceed, adding one each night, to eight on […]

Torah Reading for Chanukah: Part II

April 9, 2014, by

1. Because Chanukah is an eight-day holiday, and a week is only seven days, there has to be at least one “Shabbat Chanukah,” when Shabbat and Chanukah coincide. This year, we have a special blessing: two “Shabbatot Chanukah,” which can only happen when the first and eighth days fall on Shabbat, as they do this […]

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