Tuesday Kislev 29, Fifth Day of Chanuka 5703
Torah lessons: Chumash: Mikeitz, Shlishi with Rashi.
Tehillim: 140-150.
Tanya: Ch. 4. In addition (p. 13)...(that he violates). (p. 13).

The sins of Israel in the time of the Greeks were: Fraternizing with the Greeks, studying their culture, profaning Shabbat and Holy Days, eating t'reifa and neglecting Jewish tahara.1 The punishment-tribulation was the spiritual destruction2 of the Sanctuary, death, and slavery in exile. Through teshuva3 and mesirat nefesh,4 that great, miraculous Divine salvation - the miracle of Chanuka - came about.