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Thursday, December 6, 2018

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Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Richmond, British Columbia Canada
6:03 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
6:47 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
7:52 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:55 AM
Latest Shema:
10:37 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:03 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
12:25 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
2:34 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
3:27 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
4:15 PM
Sunset (Shkiah) | Earliest time to kindle Chanukah Menorah:
4:52 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
12:04 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
42:45 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Chanukah Day 4
Events for Chabad Richmond
5:00pm
Live music! Latkes, gelt and dreidels! Hot Cocoa & donuts! Fire juggling show!
6:00pm
Instructor Konstantin has been playing chess for over 30 years. He is a very active host of chess tournaments for children and adults. Konstantin is specifically fond of teaching children. His technique is based on a balanced combination of theory and practice. Students always leave home with some homework to practice in solving problems learnt at class. Konstantin believes that playing chess gives everyone the ability to make correct, logically motivated decisions that lead to success. A devoted enthusiast of chess playing, Konstantin encourages regular meetings for children and adults, friendly tournaments and matches with other chess clubs in the city.
7:00pm
Instructor Konstantin has been playing chess for over 30 years. He is a very active host of chess tournaments for children and adults. Konstantin is specifically fond of teaching children. His technique is based on a balanced combination of theory and practice. Students always leave home with some homework to practice in solving problems learnt at class. Konstantin believes that playing chess gives everyone the ability to make correct, logically motivated decisions that lead to success. A devoted enthusiast of chess playing, Konstantin encourages regular meetings for children and adults, friendly tournaments and matches with other chess clubs in the city.
7:30pm
Jewish History

On the 25th of Kislev in the year 3622 from creation, the Maccabees liberated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, after defeating the vastly more numerous and powerful armies of the Syrian-Greek king Antiochus IV, who had tried to forcefully uproot the beliefs and practices of Judaism from the people of Israel. The victorious Jews repaired, cleansed and rededicated the Temple to the service of G-d. But all the Temple's oil had been defiled by the pagan invaders; when the Jews sought to light the Temple's menorah (candelabra), they found only one small cruse of ritually pure olive oil. Miraculously, the one-day supply burned for eight days, until new, pure oil could be obtained. In commemoration, the Sages instituted the 8-day festival of Chanukah, on which lights are kindled nightly to recall and publicize the miracle.

Link: The Story of Chanukah

Laws and Customs

In commemoration of the miracle of Chanukah we kindle the Chanukah lights—oil lamps or candles—each evening of the eight-day festival, increasing the number of lights each evening. Tonight we kindle five lights. (In the Jewish calendar, the day begins at nightfall; this evening, then, commences the 3rd day of Chanukah).

The lights—which ideally should be kindled soon after sunset—must burn for at least half an hour after nightfall. Learn more about the proper lighting time.

Links:

Text and Audio of the Menorah Blessings

How to Light the Menorah

Additional Chanukah observances and customs are listed below:

Special prayers of thanksgiving -- Hallel (in its full version) and V'Al HaNissim -- are added to the daily prayers and Grace After Meals on all eight days of Chanukah. Tachnun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are omitted for the duration of trhe festival.

On Chanukah we eat foods fried in oil—such as latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiot (doughnuts) -- in commemoration of the miracle of the oil.

It is also customary to eat dairy foods in commemoration of Judith's heroic deed.

It is customary to play dreidel—a game played with a spinning top inscribed with the Hebrew letters Nun, Gimmel, Hei and Shin, which spell the phrase Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, "a great miracle happened there." (It is said that when the Greeks forbade the study of Torah, Jewish children continued the study with their teachers in caves and cellars; when the agents of the king were seen approaching, the children would hide their scrolls and start to play with spinning tops...)

Links: How to Play Dreidel

It is an age-old custom to distribute gifts of Chanukah gelt ("Chanukah money") to children on Chanukah. (It was the custom of the rebbes of Chabad-Lubavitch to give Chanukah gelt to their children and other family members on the fourth or fifth night of Chanukah; more recently, however, the Lubavitcher Rebbe encouraged the giving of Chanukah gelt every day of the festival—except for Shabbat, when handling money is forbidden.)

Links:
Why the Chanukah Gelt?

Daily Thought

Five ways the Jews are like olive oil:

  1. As oil refuses to mix with other liquids, so the Jews have remained distinct throughout their exile.

  2. As oil soaks through everything, the Jews have been everywhere on the globe.

  3. As oil floats to the top, so Jews have risen to be leaders in humanity’s progress.

  4. As oil brings light to the world, so the Jews are a light to the nations.

  5. As the olive is crushed to produce oil, the Jews, when crushed, shine yet more light.

see Midrash Rabbah, Song of Songs, 1:3:2.