November 28, 2010 2:16 am at 2:16 am #593230yolkMember
does anyone have or know of a interesting chanuka dvar torah?? It doesn’t have to be a long one- just as minute or two – Please reply as soon as possibleNovember 28, 2010 2:47 am at 2:47 am #713192eclipseMember
from the story of chanukah we should be reminded that even if the yeshuah we need seems impossible(it keeps eluding us)hashem can perform a miracle for anyone at anytime REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE “ODDS” ARE and how many obstacles appear to be stacked against him.the more we verbalize that aloud,the more we will begin to feel it.November 28, 2010 3:05 am at 3:05 am #713193WIYMember
Kotzker Rebbe – The Miracle Of Chanuka, From Technically Kosher To Clearly Treif
The Halacha is that “Tumah Hutra B’Tzibur”, when performing an avodah that is for the entire nation, Tumah does not Pasul it. If so why on Chanukah did we need the Nes that the oil should last 8 days. They could have used oil that was Tamei since lighting the Menorah is Avodas Tzibur?
It is said in the name of the Kotzker that while Tumah does not affect the Tzibur under normal circumstances, by Chanukah since this was a new beginning a rededication of the Bais HaMikdash it needed to be perfectly pure without any shred of tumah no matter how kosher it is. This concept is so powerful that Hashem deemed it appropriate to perform a Nes.
This lesson is especially appropriate for Chanukah. The war waged by the Chashmonaim was for the soul of Am Yisroel. While they had sunk to the depths of Chilul Shabbos and no Bris Milah, it didn’t start there. It started with very subtle inclusions of Greek culture into the Jewish lifestyle. After years of debate among the different segments of the population whether these minor inclusions were harmful or not, the culture gradually seeped in with devastating results. This is the lesson of Chanukah. Keep the oil pure even if the alternative is technically 100% kosher. Technically Kosher today leads to clearly Treif tomorrow.
From Revach.netNovember 28, 2010 4:46 am at 4:46 am #713194RamchasParticipant
What does MAKAB”I stand for?
Megillat Antyiochus (Ner 2 Pasuk 26) brings down that when Yochanan son of Matisyahu came back from the war he built a monument called: MAKAB”I MEMIT HACHAZAKIM.
Traditionally it’s taught to stand for Hashem’s name as in Mi Khamocha Ba…
Here is a novel interpretation based on a different version of the Megilla that adds: he built a monument ‘to his name’ (Al Sh’mo) called MAKAB”I…
According to this version it seems that he was referring to his acronyms: Matisyahu Kohen Ben Yochanan.
The problem though is that we’re dealing with Yochanan the son of Matisyahu and not the opposite!
Comes the Mishna in Gittin 87a (Perek 9 Mishna 6) to the rescue…
It tells us that Yevanim had a different way of signing a Get.
By them, Reuven Ben Shimon meant: the son of Reuven is, Shimon!
We could then very well conceived that Yochanan also signed his name like his contemporary Yevanim: Matisyahu Kohen Ben, is Yochanan!!November 28, 2010 6:34 pm at 6:34 pm #713195HaLeiViParticipant
Ramchas, thank you. That is really good.November 28, 2010 6:58 pm at 6:58 pm #713196HaLeiViParticipant
Along the lines of WIY, I’ve heard of such questions as isn’t this an unnecessary Ness. The thing is that the Menora is a unique Keli. The Gemara says that Hashem, who shone light on up for forty years, doesn’t need us to give him light. The purpose the Menora is to show that the Shechina is among us, by the daily Ness of the western candle not going out until the next day’s lighting. In the second Beis Hamikdash, this Ness did not take place, so obviously the lighting was sort of a Zecher of the Ahava that was shown to us.
At that point, where the Yidden were Moser Nefesh for the Mitzvos, Hashem decided to show us that same Ahava. That is the Menora in its real, original glory.November 28, 2010 7:09 pm at 7:09 pm #713197WIYMember
Maccabi means Hammer al pi pashtus.
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