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The Dream of Chanukah

We are taught that Rosh HaShanah begins the ten days of awe and repentance, a period during which the whole world is judged. At the final Neila prayer of Yom Kippur the judgment is sealed. Nonetheless, our oral/mystical tradition teaches that the final judgment really occurs on Hoshanah Rabbah, the last day of Succot. The […]

The Relevance of Chanukah Today

Without a doubt Chanukah is one of the most popular holidays among the Jewish people. Even for those whose level of religious observance is almost nonexistent, Chanukah has become a potent national, cultural, and symbolic holiday. Along with Seder night, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, lighting Chanukah lights has taken its place as an almost […]

Eight Chanukah Meditations

Infinite Light and Finite Light A basic question is asked about the menorah, the seven branched candelabrum in the Tabernacle in the desert and later in the Temple in Jerusalem, as well as the eight lights of Chanukah: does the light symbolize the finite or infinite? The answer is both. Above all else, the Tabernacle […]

Zot Chanukah

Zot Chanukah   Zot Chanukah, which literally means “this is Chanukah,” is the traditional name given to the last and concluding day of the holiday. On this day, we light eight lights and thus complete the thirty-six candles lit during the eight days of Chanukah (1 + 2 +3… +8 = 36). It is on […]