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Chanukah (Hanukkah): (lit. “rededication”); eight-day festival beginning on 25 Kislev, celebrating the Maccabees’ recapture of the second Temple from the Syrian Greeks, and its rededication, marked by the kindling of lights on a menorah or chanukiah
Decoding the hidden messages
Parshah Mnemonics: Mikeitz & Chanukah
The parshah of Mikeitz contains 147 verses and the mnemonic for it are the Judean Kings ‘Yechezkiyahu’ and ‘Amaziah’. Explore the coded message in this Masoretic note and its connection to the general themes of the Parshah, as well as the coinciding holid...
The Evolution of Light
The menorah of the Holy Temple, the Shabbat candles and the Chanukah lights—three movements in the divinely-ordained mission of illuminating all of existence. This class will explore these stages on a historical and personal level.
The Hidden Message of Chanukah
Why the Talmudic sages chose to omit the miraculous military victory from the Chanukah celebration.
A Chanukah Lesson
Gas Stations, Greeks, and the Eternal Soul
True dedication is an old-school value that’s hard to find nowadays. It’s the ability to overlook yourself and become completely dedicated to the needs of another. Chanukah means “dedication,” and its story teaches us the secret of Jewish dedication.
Intermediate Talmud: Tractate Shabbat, Lesson 10
Why We Celebrate Chanukah
Learn the Talmud’s narrative of the Chanukah miracle, which the Talkmud recounts to answer the famous (yet peculiar) question of why we celebrate the Festival of Lights.
The Victory, the Oil, and the Miracle of Lights
Chanukah in Three Dimensions
On the 24th of Kislev (according to most views) the Maccabees succeeded in expelling the occupying Greek army. On the 25th of Kislev the Jews discovered the pure cruse of oil. On the 26th of Kislev the miracle of the oil lasting beyond one day became mani...
Celebrating Chanukah: the miraculous and the natural
Victory. But When?
There are two views as to when the Jews completely defeated the Greeks. One view maintains that it was on the 25th of Kislev – the day that Chanukah begins. The other view posits that the final victory occurred the day prior and the Chanukah celebration m...
Understanding the Eight Days of Chanukah
The Secrets of the Flames
Why do we celebrate Chanukah for eight days? Why does the Chanukah menorah have eight candles?
The Holiday of Chanukah
The Scroll of Antiochus
The Scroll of Antiochus is an account of the Chanukah story written originally in Aramaic. What can we learn about Chanukah by comparing the Scroll of Antiochus to the Purim story written in the Scroll of Esther?
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