Eight Days – Eight Thoughts

Day One – Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin Day Two – Rabbanit Sally Mayer Day Three – Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz Day Four – Pnina Omer Day Five – Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein Day Six – Rabbanit Atirat Granevich Day Seven – Rabbanit

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Chanukah Rabbi Brander

Eight Days – Eight Thoughts: Day Eight

The Flame and the Light Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel offer differing views on the kindling of the Chanukah lights. Beit Shammai’s reason for requiring a continual decrease from eight (Chanukah) lights to one is so

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Chanukah Bili Rabenstein

Eight Days – Eight Thoughts: Day Seven

A Light that Gradually Diminishes; a Light that Gradually Intensifies Rabbanit Bili Rabenstein The Sages taught in a beraita: The basic mitzvah of Chanukah is to have a light kindled each day by a person, the head of the household,

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Chanukah Atirat Grunevich

Eight Days – Eight Thoughts: Day Six

“If it was Extinguished, One is Not Bound to Relight it” Atirat Granevich The flickering lights in the Chanukiyah are truly heart-warming. These candles, melting away under the flames, draw our gazes and publicize the wondrous miracles that Hashem performed

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Chanukah Yehoshua Grunstein

Eight Days – Eight Thoughts: Day Five

Chanukah: For All and For Us Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein The private and public symbiosis of the Chanukah candles is vital in halakha: why are they lit in the home, but facing the outside? Both the Talmud and Rambam’s code illustrate

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Chanukah Pnina Omer

Eight Days – Eight Thoughts: Day Four

The Women of Chanukah Pnina Omer Lighting Chanukah candles is an obligation as well as a privilege for women. This is clearly illustrated and accepted within Jewish law “… for they, too, were present at that miracle”, according to the

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chanukah Rabbi Kanterovich

Eight Days – Eight Thoughts: Day Three

The Precedent for the Final Redemption Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz In his assessment of the causes, and aftermath of the historical events that led to the establishment of the festival of Chanukah, Rambam (Maimonides 12th century Spain) writes towards the end

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Chanukah Sally

Eight Days – Eight Thoughts: Day Two

The Message in the Candles Rabbanit Sally Mayer The festival of Chanukah commemorates an incredible miracle. When the Beit Hamikdash was rededicated by the Hasmoneans after their military victory, a small flask of oil sufficient enough to light the menorah

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Chanukah Rabbi Riskin

Eight Days – Eight Thoughts: Day One

The Miracle of Lights or of Victory? Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin The festival of Chanukah celebrates the victory of a small band of Hasmonean believers in God. We also celebrate the triumph of Jewish traditions over the massive forces of

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Nir Koren and President of Ecuador

The President of Ecuador Lights Chanukah Candles

The President of Ecuador Lights Chanukah Candles At an interfaith confab hosted by the president of Ecuador, the president lit Chanukah candles. Local Jewish community rabbi: “We are fulfilling an immense calling here” December 10, 2018 | Translated from Arutz 7

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Rav Boaz Pash Lights Chanukah Candles in Warsaw

A Thousand Words – December 10, 2018

Rabbi Boaz Pash, Rosh Kollel Torat Yosef and head of the OTS Amiel BaKehila delegation to Poland lights Chanukah candles in Warsaw, accompanied by musician and delegation member Reuven Bransburg, OTS is bringing light and hope to the very same

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collage from Chanukah 2018

A Thousand Words – December 3, 2018

Thousands of Israelis across the country are being brought together this Chanukah (and all year round!) through innovative, appealing initiatives run by the Yachad Jewish Identity program’s Jewish Cultural Facilitators all over the country, from the northern border with Lebanon

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