The Meaning of Chanuka
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Harav Yehuda Amital “Jewish Sovereignty Was Restored” During the days of Chanuka, we add into our prayers the words: Your children came to the Holy of Holies of Your House, and cleared Your Sanctuary, and purified Your Temple, and kindled lights in the courtyards of Your Sanctuary… Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan "They, Too, Were Part of the Miracle" "They, Too, Were Part of the Miracle" Holiday Packages
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Historical Uniqueness and Daily Service In order to better understand the nature of Chanuka, let us examine the original “Chanuka” – the dedication of the Mishkan in the desert. Holiday Packages
Prof. Yoel Elitzur Where is Modiin? Is Modiin of the Maccabees near the contemporary city called Modiin? Many theories have been advanced, and a close study of the Mishna can help us answer this question. Holiday Packages
Rav Yehuda Shaviv On Zeal and Baseless Hatred The lighting of the menora in the Beit Ha-Mikdash was always accompanied by miracles. Why, then, did Chazal deem the miracle of the cruse of oil worthy of special commemoration? And how did the period of the Chashmonaim, which began with such zeal for Torah, reach such an unfortunate end? Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan Daniel and the Greek Kingdom A study of the visions of Daniel reveals that many of them relate to the Greek kingdom. Why does Daniel go to the trouble of spelling out in such great detail what will happen in that kingdom? Holiday Packages
Rav Yehuda Shaviv A Song of David for the Dedication of the House On Chanuka we recite Psalm 30 – “Mizmor shir chanukat ha-bayit le-David,” a song of David for the dedication of the House. What is the significance of this song to the house that King Shlomo built, and why did the Sages decide that this psalm would be recited on Chanuka? Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital The Significance of Chanuka According to the Maharal Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Importance of Preparing the Menora Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Judaism and Greek Culture In general, we tend to view Greek culture as corrupt and sinful. Traditionally, Judaism and the Torah have waged war against it in full fury. What is the argument about? What is the basis of this war? The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Yehuda Amital The Significance of Chanuka According to the Maharal In his work "Ner Mitzva," which purports to deal with Chanuka, the Maharal actually discusses this holiday very little. Rather, the significance of the book lies in the broad perspective which it affords us concerning the holiday, elucidating themes which remain meaningful to us today. The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein God and Man According to Judaism and Hellenism There can be no doubt that Greek culture contains great achievements and much content from which to draw, on several levels. The main problem of this culture is therefore not what it contains so much as what it lacks. In the absence of certain things, even the "good" parts become problematic. They lack that feeling of mystery which arises from a perception of man's place vis-a-vis the Holy One. The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Importance of Preparing the Menora The days of Chanuka, therefore, shall serve for us as a reminder of the "hadlaka," the light of Torah, and of the "hatava." On a personal, institutional and communal level, we must raise the banner of learning that combines both "hadlaka" and the "hatava." The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Yair Kahn The Recitation of Hallel on Chanuka When we open Hilkhot Chanuka, we find, surprisingly enough, a presentation of all the halakhot of Hallel. If we had chosen a framework for these halakhot, we would have likely selected Hilkhot Tefilla, or perhaps we would have preferred Hilkhot Yom Tov. But the Rambam chose specifically Hilkhot Chanuka, which is quite puzzling. The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Yehuda Shaviv The Haftora for Shabbat Chanuka The haftara chosen for Shabbat Chanuka relates to the festival rather than the parasha. The connection is easily detected in the verse which speaks of "the golden menora ... and its seven lights above it" (3:2) – lights obviously kindled with oil from the olive trees on the right and left of it. The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Yaakov Medan The Miracle of the Oil and the History of Chanuka Why is the beraita troubled specifically by the need to kindle the menora? After all, the same question could be asked concerning the incense, the showbread or the sacrifices - surely God does not need any of these things. In what way is the kindling of the menora different from any of these other elements of the Temple service? The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Chanuka as a Holiday of Innovation and Renewal The miracle of Chanuka created within Judaism a great wave of energy, on a scale previously unknown – in terms of development of the Oral Law, in terms of exegesis, and in terms of legislation. In this sense, we publicize not only the miracle itself, but also the great movement forward that came in its wake. The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Yosef Zvi Rimon The Significance of the Miracle of Oil Every household is obligated to light the Chanuka candes - to sanctify the name of Heaven and to infuse itself and its surroundings with Divine inspiration, fear of heaven and the spreading of Torah. The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Dual Nature of Chanuka There are two miraculous events commemorated by Chanuka: ner, the miracle of the oil, and milchama, the military victory. What characterizes each of these miracles? The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Moshe Taragin Chanuka as the Inauguration of Galut The Midrash (Bamidbar Rabba 13:2) portrays an intriguing decision by God to artificially delay the induction of the Mishkan. Practically speaking, construction of the Mishkan was completed on the twenty-fifth of Kislev (having transpired over a two-month period since Yom Kippur). Naturally, the inauguration ceremonies should have occurred on this date, when Chanuka begins, but God determined that the inauguration of the Mishkan should be delayed until Nissan. However, the Midrash elaborates (Yalkut Melakhim 184), God assured the month of Kislev that a future induction would occur during this period: the rededication of the Mikdash during the miracles of Chanuka, a millennium later. The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Moshe Taragin The Nature of the Blessing of "She-assa Nissim" Lighting candles on Chanuka incorporates a second dimension as part of the fulfillment of the mitzva itself. That second dimension, pirsumei nissa (publicizing the terms of the miracle), directly affects the manner and style in which the mitzva is performed. Essentially, by lighting candles an individual fulfills both a mechanical mitzva as well as a second facet of publicizing the miracle of Chanuka. The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Yitzchak Blau The Two Miracles of Chanuka We truly bless God for allowing Yosef and the Hasmoneans to achieve the power necessary to better the situation of the Jewish people. The miracles' purpose is to allow us to certify that it was the hand of God that brought about these achievements. The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Yaakov Medan Avraham, Gidon, and the Hasmoneans The story of Matityahu is reminiscent, in many ways, of a similar narrative from Sefer Shoftim – the story of Gidon. The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav David Brofsky Chanuka: The Reasons to Celebrate and the Nature of the Laws Throughout Chanuka, we praise God both in the daily Shemona Esrei prayer and in Birkat Ha-mazon for the miracle wrought during the Hasmonean rebellion against Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the Seleucid king of Syria, in 165 BCE. The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein Publicizing the Miracle and the Covenant of Chanuka Is publicizing the miracle the exclusive indispensable element in the mitzva of Chanuka candles; is lighting next to the door merely the best way to perform the mitzva? The Meaning of Chanuka

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