Tagged with Hanukka

As The Light Fades: A Hanukka Thought

As The Light Fades: A Hanukka Thought

The Oral Torah has three components: I. The traditions regarding interpretation of the written law and the performance of the commandments, including the commandments which are not even mentioned in the written law, such as the water libation on Tabernacles. II. The enactments of the sages of each generation, including prohibitive fences around the Biblical … Continue reading

גדלות נסי ונפלאות חנוכה

בספר דברים, הרבה מרע”ה לדבר על מלחמות סיחון ועוג כדי להשתיל בלב העם אמונה בה’ ויכולתו לעשות נסים, ולא הדגיש כל כך את הנפלאות ביציאת מצרים, קריעת ים סוף, ומעמד הר סיני. וצ”ע למה משה בחר דווקא לדרוש במלחמות אלו. וראה בשלהי פרשת דברים, ובסוף כי תבא ווילך, שבהן משה חוזר על לקח המלחמות כסימן … Continue reading

Halachoth Of Hanukka Candle Lighting

Timing: The basic understanding of  the relevant sources as presented by Maimonides, The Vilna Gaon, and the most widely used calendars in and around Jerusalem is that the proper time for candle lighting is at sunset. In December, that time is basically around 4:40 pm. This is true for weekdays, but on Fridays, the Hanukka … Continue reading

Yad Peshuta and Hallel

Yad Peshuta and Hallel

When our study group reached Maimonides’s laws of Megilla and Purim, I had the privilege to speak to Rabbi Nachum Rabinovitch concerning Maimonides’s view of the propriety of saying Hallel on Hanukka and Purim and any day that may fit their template. When the Purim miracle occurred, the Rabbinic consensus was to establish an eternal … Continue reading

Why Hanukka and Purim Will Remain

Why Hanukka and Purim Will Remain

Basically, the major biblical holidays were agricultural celebrations. Over the course of the exile, they lost their significance, and we created replacement meanings for them. We can therefore well understand why, of all the ancient holidays, Hazal felt that only Hanukka and Purim will remain. In essence, they represent different but still eternal aspects of … Continue reading