Days of Chanukah- Days of Faith

This eight-day holiday, commemorating a miraculous win in a battle fought against a powerful enemy of the Jewish people, brings us several reasons to have a feast within the family. Eating is also part of sharing, enjoying the gifts the Hashem provides for us.

The Sages did not establish that we hold festive meals during Chanukah, for the holiday of Chanukah represents the oral Torah whose length and breadth are vast and can only be acquired through limiting one’s eating and drinking. But eating and drinking whilst talking about God’s miracles is also a way of expressing gratitude for everything the Hashem provides for us.

*

To remember:

  • On Chanukah > Jewish nation’s faith in oral Torah strengthened <=  they saw that Heaven agreed with the rulings of the Sages of the Talmud. > according to Torah law, non-Jews cannot defile oil; however would share the status of a Jew who has become impure who defiles oil immediately upon touching it.
  • According to the writer of the article: oral Torah whose length + breadth are vast => can only be acquired through limiting one’s eating and drinking.
  • Our Sages taught us in the Gemara in Tractate Shabbat (23a) that the mitzvah of the Chanukah candles is performed through the lighting of the candles and if the candles are extinguished, one is not obligated to rekindle them. This means that the main Mitzvah is through lighting Chanukah candles which will innately have the ability to burn for half an hour. Therefore, if the candles were extinguished due to a cause non-existent at the time the candles were lit, for instance, if the door or window were opened suddenly and a gust of wind blew out the flames, one is exempt from rekindling the flames. Even so, it is an extra special Mitzvah to relight any candle (without a blessing) that has been extinguished if it is still within a half hour of being lit. {Lighting the Chanukah Candles}
  • When lighting Chanukah candles, one should be certain to put in enough oil so that they will remain lit for at least half an hour from the initial lighting time. Similarly, if one is using wax candles, care should be taken that they should be long enough to burn for at least half an hour after the appropriate candle-lighting time which is when stars appear in the sky. There are some multi-colored candles on the market made especially for small Menorahs which do not last for half an hour; one should abstain from using such candles. On Friday afternoon when Chanukah candles are lit earlier than usual, more oil should be added, as will be explained, G-d-willing, in a following Halacha. {Lighting the Chanukah Candles}

Netzarim Emunah

The Days of Chanukah- Days of Faith

As opposed to the other holidays and festivals which were already existent since Hashem gave the Torah to the Jewish nation, the holidays of Purim and Chanukah were brought about through two wicked men, Haman and Antiochus.

Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef zt”l writes that Purim and Chanukah have resulted in tremendous things for the Jewish nation, for on Purim, the Jewish nation reaffirmed their commitment to the oral Torah lovingly. On Chanukah, the Jewish nation’s faith in the oral Torah was strengthened, for they saw that Heaven agreed with the rulings of the Sages of the Talmud. Indeed, according to Torah law, non-Jews cannot defile oil; however, our Sages decreed that a non-Jew would share the status of a Jew who has become impure who defiles oil immediately upon touching it. Thus, all of the impurity related to the oils in the Bet…

View original post 295 more words

Israel celebrates Purim amid Coronavirus outbreak – ILTV Israel news – Mar. 9, 2020

Israeli parents did their best that their children could enjoy a normal Purim. Medical face-masks make a big appearance at holiday events. 39+ Israelis have coronavirus. President Rivlin expected to give first mandate to Benny Gantz.

A Purim none of them would forget

At a borough of the German city Mönchengladbach, located in the west of North Rhine-Westphalia, a group of American soldiers observed Purim in Goebbels' vacation home, Schloss Rheydt on March 8, 1945.

2019 Purim March 20

Remembering the day many years ago, Jehovah God delivered His people from slaughter from the wicked Haman in the days of Queen Esther of Persia.

On Purim, Let’s Get Vulnerable

Does eating and drinking to much fit in with our celebration of Purim, a holiday of rejoice and redemption?

Being an introvert doesn’t mean you have to be isolated at Purim

Jennifer Einstein, a lifelong Reform Jew and introvert, claims that dressing as Mordechai, in sackcloth and ashes, was her best Purim costume ever. When it comes to practicing Judaism, she sometimes asked herself: How can I take part in a communal religion when being around people can be so draining? Purim can be a particularly [...]

Purim or Ta’aniet Estêr

13 Adar the onset of weeks of Feasts of deliverance