The holiday of Chanukah is mentioned only briefly in the Mishnah and the Talmud. In fact, the names of the sons of Matityahu are not mentioned. How do we know the background to this holiday? The purpose of this article is to describe three of the main sources that we have, and to understand the differences between them. These sources are I
How many candles do you light in total for all the eight days of Chanukah?
If you answered 44, you are correct. But how long did it take you to get that number? If you say more than thirty seconds, then you probably sat adding up all the numbers from one to eight, and then added eight shamashot. If you
Throughout history, victory has been achieved by different means. The Maccabees arose and declared revolt which was their only option in the face of Antiochus and his Hellenist supporters. Then, there are times when it is the advocate, the fighter, who quietly operates behind the scenes to achieve that elusive victory.
Some years, my busy season intersects with Chanukah and I cannot get home from work until very late. On those nights, my family lights the Chanukah menorah, fulfilling the mitzvah for me as well (ask your rabbi for details on how to do this properly). When I eventually return home, I see the final flames of the menorah in neighborhood
The new Maccabeats song is out, and it’s delicious! Called “Latke Recipe,” the newest a capella song from the YU group is set to the tune of “Shut Up and Dance,” by Walk the Moon. While you can watch the video on YouTube, it’s also available for download on iTunes, and the Maccabeats also released a Chanukah
On December 9, the fourth night of Chanukah, radio host Nachum Segal and his team from the Nachum Segal Network will present “Let There Be Light: The Concert of Jewish Unity,” in Paris.
The program, which will be broadcast live from the Grande Synagogue de la Victoire, the Grand Synagogue of
A gift is often the best way to express sentiments of warmth, appreciation, caring and good wishes, especially around the holiday season. Yet, for many, the process of gift giving, from planning to purchasing and presentation of the perfect gift, is daunting. Giving presents should be exciting and fun, and with a few useful
Most of our children are excited about the prospect of receiving gifts on Chanukah. That’s the easy part. What we should also pass on to our offspring at this time of year is the wonderful feeling of giving to someone else in need. How amazing it would be if we all put aside one night of Chanukah to do just that? In Israel, this year
Relaxation is a very important part of life. Wait, do you know what relaxation means? The simple definition is “the state of being free from tension and anxiety.” Synonyms are calm, tranquility, peacefulness and loosening up or unwinding. Wait, I have to stop laughing. Okay, I can continue now.
I’m trying to lose weight in time for my brother-in-law’s wedding. I don’t know why. I’m not even the one getting married. But it’s my wife’s brother, and she told me to. Though she said we: “We need to lose weight.” If I said “we,” I’d no longer be invited to the wedding.
So I need
With the cold weather suddenly upon us, snowbirds are preparing to head to warmer climates and families are busy planning their yeshiva week vacations. To enhance their clothing options, HydroChic, a leader in modest and sun-protective convertible swimwear, has launched its 2016 resort wear line featuring vibrant colors,
In recent weeks—and specifically recent months—the world as a whole has witnessed countless acts of terror. We wake up each morning praying that no tragedies have taken place, only to find that there have been attacks in our homeland, the State of Israel, and brutal killings around the globe.