Chanukah

“Parsha and Purpose” – Vayeshev 5782

“Parsha and Purpose” – Vayeshev 5782 Rabbi Kenneth Brander’s weekly insights into the parsha  “Chanukah: When Words Cannot Sufficiently Praise God” Click here for text Click here for audio Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus,

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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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