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
Rav Ezra Bick The Continuing Relevance of the Miracle of the Oil Many victories were marked by holidays during the time of the Second Temple, but they were all nullified by the destruction of the Temple and the subsequent exile. Why is Chanuka different? Holiday Packages
Yeshiva Staff Judaism and Art from the Perspective of an Artist The advent of abstract art opens new possibilities for contemporary religious artists. Holiday Packages
Rav Moshe Taragin The Purification of the Mikdash The Chashmona'im's re-purification of the Mikdash clearly assumes that the Greeks defiled it, but how is this possible, given the halakhic principle that one cannot, through his actions, forbid something that belongs to someone else? In this shiur, we will analyze the views of the Rishonim on this matter. Holiday Packages
Harav Yaakov Medan The Court of the Chashmonaim In addition to their military victory and the rededication of the Temple, the Chashmonaim had additional far-reaching effects. In this shiur, we highlight the contribution of the court of the Chashmonaim to the shaping of Jewish law, the passing down of the Torah tradition, and its continuity from one generation to the next. Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital The Significance of Chanuka According to the Maharal Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Rav Moshe Taragin The Global Impact of Chanukah Upon Humanity We tend to imagine Chanukah in uniquely nationalistic and Jewish-centered terms. However, Chanukah also marks a major advance in the human spirit. Our defeat of Antiochus assured that Divine will on this earth would continue to shape human development. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Commitment vs. "Connecting" - The Current Crisis of our Youth One of the cornerstones of Judaism is commitment. However, the very concept of commitment today faces a severe crisis. What are the roots of this crisis and what can be done about it? 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
Rav Menachem Leibtag Chanuka and the Prophecies of the Second Temple Period The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein "To Make Them Forget Your Torah and to Divert Them From the Laws of Your Will" 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

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