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Tales of Light

The Talmud on Chanukah

This three-part Talmud series will be exploring the second chapter of tractate Shabbat, analyzing the nature of the miracle of the “jug of oil” and the Talmudic debate on the precise amount of candles required to be lit each of the eight days of Chanukah.

1:02:18
The Talmud on Chanukah, Lesson 1
This class will be analyzing the Talmud’s description of the Chanukah miracle, and offer three ways to understand the miracle of the “jug of oil” that burnt throughout the eight days of Chanukah.
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1:03:20
The Talmud on Chanukah, Lesson 2
This class will be examining the Talmud’s discussion on how many Chanukah lights should be kindled on each night of Chanukah. Explore the different opinions and possibilities and their respective reasoning. If you think it’s simple, then it may be a lot more nuanced than you imagine.
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1:00:23
The Talmud on Chanukah, Lesson 3
This class will be analyzing the Talmud’s two opinions into the reasoning for the amount of lights one kindles on each night of Chanukah. A closer look at the reasons offered, reveals three practical ramifications between these two perspectives. There’s more to the story of the Chanukah flames…
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1:01:31
The Talmud on Chanukah, Lesson 4
The Talmud addresses whether inferior quality oil and wicks may be used for kindling the Chanukah menorah. We learn how this debated law depends on other disputed principles in the mitzvah of lighting the menorah.
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56:36
The Talmud on Chanukah, Lesson 5
In this class we learn the Talmud’s discussion on the preferred oil for lighting the menorah, and then proceed to scrutinize the blessings for the Chanukah menorah.
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59:59
The Talmud on Chanukah, Lesson 6
The Talmud presents an interesting scenario where one person must light two menorahs. This teaches us a new principle on avoiding suspicion. In perfect Talmudic style, the discussion turns to the mitzvah of leaving ‘Pie’ah’ (the corner of the field for the poor) to support this idea.
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Join the Talmud’s discussion as we explore and debate various selected texts from the vast sea of the Talmud, and gain insight and appreciation of its rich knowledge. This series will help enhance your skills in Talmudic analysis and reasoning, whilst providing a window into the style and language of the Talmud, also known as the Gemara. These courses are taught by Rabbi Binyomin Bitton, an expert Talmudic scholar, who masterfully presents the Talmud’s profound wisdom in a clear, easy to follow, and intellectually stimulating manner.
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