Ceremony & Celebration – Chanukah Candle 4

“Realising that the real battle was not against an empire but a culture, Jews set about constructing the world’s first system of universal education. The effect was astonishing.

Chanukah: The Greatest Revenge by Rabbi Aaron Pessin

If we want to commemorate the miricle of Chanukka that took place in the Beit HaMikdash, why do we light at home rather than in the synagogue, the “mini mikdash”?

Turning on G-d’s Light

“Our function in this world is to activate G-d’s light.

A Titanic Victory and a Small Cruse of Oil – Post 2

“If the Jews would have been defeated by the Greeks, there would be no Jews today; if the oil would have not burnt for eight days, so what?

A Titanic Victory and a Small Cruse of Oil

“We, the Jewish people, are here today only because of the courage and vision of this small group of determined Jews who would not allow their G-d and their Torah to be reduced to the dustbins of history by the Syrian-Greek tyrant.

The Heroism of Tamar (Vayeshev)

“Judah could acknowledge his error without loss of face. It was from this episode that the Sages derived the rule…it is better to risk being thrown into a fiery furnace than to shame someone else in public.

Chanukah 5782 – Introduction

Every chag (holiday) or event on the Hebrew calendar, brings with it the original energy of that time period again and again through years.

Tav: The Twenty-Second Letter of the Hebrew Alphabet

“The tav is made up of three lines [which]… represent Torah study (thought), prayer (speech), and the performance of good deeds (action).

Shin (Sin): The Twenty-First Letter of the Hebrew Alphabet

“The three lines of the shin may be interpreted as three gen­eral dimensions of a human being: Kesser (will and pleasure), the intellect, and the emotions.

Resh: The Twentieth Letter of the Hebrew Alphabet

“The reish, at times poor and at times wicked, has the ability to do teshuvah. It can awake from its slumber and repent. The reish can truly be transformed into the rosh: the head of the Jewish people.