The Meaning of Chanuka
Teacher Title Abstract
שיעורי טקסט Rav Ezra Bick Why Celebrate a Miracle?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yair Kahn The Miracle of the Lights
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Secret of Chanuka as Revealed by the Prophecies of Chaggai and Zekhari
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Chanuka: Insularity or Influence?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Mordechai Friedman Yosef and Chanuka
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Studying Greek Wisdom
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Symbolism of the Menora and the Incense
שיעורי טקסט Rav Asher Meir The Once and Future Festival
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital Letting the Light of Torah Shine
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan On Miracles, Revealed and Hidden
שיעורי טקסט Rav Eliyahu Blumenzweig "In Those Days, at This Time"
שיעורי טקסט 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?
שיעורי טקסט 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.
שיעורי טקסט 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.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Menachem Leibtag Chanuka and the Prophecies of the Second Temple Period
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein "To Make Them Forget Your Torah and to Divert Them From the Laws of Your Will"
שיעורי טקסט 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."
שיעורי טקסט 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.
שיעורי טקסט 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.
שיעורי טקסט 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?
שיעורי טקסט 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.
שיעורי טקסט 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.
שיעורי טקסט 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?
שיעורי טקסט 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.
שיעורי טקסט 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.
שיעורי טקסט 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.
שיעורי טקסט 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.
שיעורי טקסט 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.
שיעורי טקסט 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?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Itamar Eldar Chassidic Teachings on Chanuka: Do We Celebrate Miracles or the Routine? The mitzva of lighting Chanuka candles and the miracle of the cruse of oil teach us to contemplate deeply the dark and wintry routine in the middle of which falls out the holiday of lights, and to acquire the ability to reflect upon the great light that stands behind this darkness, precisely on the days of dark routine.

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