Chanuka – The beginning of a new Judaism – 5777

Rabbi Ilan Goldman Former Rav-Shaliach, Bnei Akiva England Currently Executive Director of Project Aseret   Chanuka – The beginning of a new Judaism Prophecy – experiential Judaism There is a fascinating story in the Talmud (Sanhedrin 102b), of Rav Ashi,...

What is Channuka? – 5776

Rav Gideon Weitzman Former Rosh Kollel in Kansas City Currently Head of the English Speaking Section of the Puah Institute Source Sheets Miracles, Miracles Everywhere – audio...

Out of the Darkness

Rav Yisrael Krengel Former Rosh Kollel Johannesburg (2002-3)   The ups and downs of life affect us all, both on an individual level and a national one. We all know how to respond to the ups, the question is how we approach and respond to the downs. We can glean...

The Meaning Of The Name Of Chanukah

Rav Itzik Amar Montreal Kollel, 2003   It appears that from among all the festivals on our calendar, Chanukah is the one whose name is the most difficult to understand. Pesach, for example, received its name, as we all know, from the fact that God “passed...

What Is Chanukah?

This question is posed by the Gemara, in Masechet Shabbat (21b). Rashi explains this question to mean, “For which miracle did they institute it?” Two miracles occurred on Chanukah: the miraculous military victory – “You gave over the mighty...

Miracles, Miracles Everywhere

The Miracle of the Oil Chanukah is a celebration of a great miracle, in the words of the Gemara: “What is Chanukah? The rabbis taught that from the twenty fifth day of Kislev are eight days of Chanukah during which one cannot eulogise, nor fast. Because when the...

Winter Vacation

Chanukah is perhaps the most widely celebrated and well known of all Jewish festivals. As it draws nearer, its approach can be felt almost everywhere we go. Yet, most people may not know where this festival received its name. The Ran, a classic 14th century Talmudic...

Defying History

When we ponder over the episodes of history, we usually attach supreme importance to momentous or grand events: wars, famine, the ascent or descent of great leaders to mention but a few. According to Rav Chaim of Velohzin in his book “Nefesh Hachaim”, the...