December 23, 2008 6:12 pm at 6:12 pm #1205401
how can we make are game of dreidle work any ideasDecember 23, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm #1205402
What does Hashem Elokecha ask from you, but to fear Hashem Elokecha and to walk in His ways? (Dvorim, 10:13)
A Dvar torah from Reb Motti Rosen z”l, grandson of Harav Shaul the Second Rebbe
The famous question of the Bais Yosef on Chanukah is why do we celebrate for eight days? If there was enough oil found for one day then the miracle was that it lasted for seven more so why don’t we celebrate for seven?
Chazal ask, “Mai Chanukah?” (What is the Nes of Chanukah?) It continues by explaining that after the defeat of Antiochus, the Maccabees entered the Bais Hamikdash and found everything destroyed and made impure. After searching for a while they found one pach (vial) of oil with the seal of the Kohen Gadol untouched. It was enough for one day, but miraculously lasted for eight. This according to Chazal is the miracle. However, when we say Al Hannisim we find no mention of the pach of oil, only the victory in battle. So which one is the miracle, the victory in battle or the finding of the pach?
We would say the pach. While it may be rare for such a small group to be victorious over such a large army, it can happen. However, it is truly miraculous to find enough oil only for one day and have it last for eight.
So why eight days? The word eight in Hebrew is “Shemoneh”– Shin, Mem, Vov, Nun, Hey. By changing the order of the letters we can read it “Shemen Vov Hey.” What is the significance of Vov Hey?
In the name of Hashem – Yud Kay Vov Kay — the Yud Kay is representative of Nistar — that which is hidden. The Vov Kay is representative of Nigglah — that which is shown.
It was only after the Macabees found the oil that they understood that all of Chanukah was miraculous, including their victory in battle. Until then they did not see their victory in battle as a miracle. When they found the pach and it lasted for eight days, they realized that everything that happened was a true miracle. That is why we celebrate for eight days.December 23, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm #1205403
The Jew Shines Alone
based on a ma’amar by Rebbe Shaul Yedidya Elazar in Yisa Bracha
“Haneiros halalu kodesh hein, v’ein lanu r’shus l’hishtamesh bahen, elah lirosan bilvad – These candles are holy, and we are not permitted to make use of them, but only to gaze upon them” [from the Chanuka candle-lighting nusach]
There is verse in Bamidbar [23:9] that says, “Hein am l’vadad yishkon – Behold, they [the Jews] are a people that shall dwell alone”. The Midrash [Shemos Rabba, 15:7] explains that all the letters of the alphabet have a “partner”, except for the letters of the word “hein”. That is, if you take an Aleph, numerical value of 1, and pair it with a Tes, numerical value 9, you arrive at 10. This works similarly with Beis  and Ches , and so on. When you get to Heh , the only way it can arrive at 10 is to pair with itself. Following this through in the double-digit numbers, Yud and Tzadi, Chaf and Peh, also give you 100 [10 times 10]. When you get up to Nun , again you cannot find a “match,” and must pair it with itself.
The Midrash goes on to inform us that Hashem says, “Just like these two letters have no partner with any letter other than themselves, so too the Jewish people – they cannot join up with the non-Jewish nations, but only with each other, they must be separate, as it says, “Hein am l’vadad yishkon, uvagoyim lo yischashav.” Reb Shaul points out that that’s the significance of the word “vadad” [alone] as well, since its numerical value [beis, daled, daled] is 10. Therefore, when the Jews are alone, only joined to one another – they achieve achdus [unity].
Therefore on Chanuka, when we light the candles we say, “Haneiros halalu kodesh hein” – the Jewish people are likened to a candle, which gives light. “V’ein lanu r’shus l’hishtamesh bahen – we are not allowed to make use of them”, meaning, they are not to be utilized by others, or intermingled. “Elah lirosan bilvad – but to see them alone” — to see to it that they remain alone, as in the verse, “Behold, they [the Jews] are a people that shall dwell alone” [as cited above], separate and unto themselves.
Reb Shaul then tells us that it’s with this power of separation that the Jewish people can withstand and survive the influence of the nations of the world. The Jewish people are compared to fire, as in the recent Haftorah [Ovadiah, 1:18], “And the House of Jacob shall be fire”. The nations are compared to water, as the Midrash [Shemos Rabba, 49:1] explains that “Mayim Rabim [many waters]” refers to the nations, citing the verse [Yeshayahu, 17:12], “Woe to the multitude of many peoples, who make a noise like that of the seas.” When water comes together with fire, it extinguishes the fire. But when there is a barrier [such as a pot] between them, then we see the opposite – that the fire dominates [boils] the water.
Translators note: This can also be seen in that the Jews are compared to a candle. On Chanuka, we strive to kindle the menorah with olive oil. Oil, when mixed with water, separates itself and rises to the surface. So it is with the Jews [compared to a candle, as above] and the rest of the nations.
Translated by Reb Yitzchak Dorfman of Yerushalayim, a Modzitzer ChassidDecember 24, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am #1205404
thanx for the great devar torah!!!!December 24, 2008 1:00 am at 1:00 am #1205405
asdfghjkl your truly welcomeDecember 24, 2008 2:22 am at 2:22 am #1205406
come on people join the party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!December 24, 2008 2:40 am at 2:40 am #1205407
where is everyone toniteDecember 24, 2008 2:47 am at 2:47 am #1205408
can’t. too sick from the oil.December 24, 2008 2:48 am at 2:48 am #1205409
How ’bout everyone try to guess everyone else’s age??December 24, 2008 2:49 am at 2:49 am #1205410
Hey everyone. I’m stuffed. Awesome latkes tonight.
Does anyone here like sour cream on their latkes?December 24, 2008 2:52 am at 2:52 am #1205411
Btw, the yw editor wrote on a diff thread that he will be accepting applications to be a mod. Anyone know how we can apply?December 24, 2008 3:02 am at 3:02 am #1205412
update the cr please!!! get off your couch mods!!!!!
patience my friend. I may have to go on another coffee break next time I see you submitting a post. :o) YW Moderator-72December 24, 2008 3:13 am at 3:13 am #1205413
MOD72 did MOD99 fall asleep on the couch again i havent heard from him for a while
wait, let me check? …I don’t see him on my couch. Actually we live and Moderate in different parts of the planet, so I don’t know. YW Moderator-72December 24, 2008 3:21 am at 3:21 am #1205414
and which side are you on mod72December 24, 2008 3:25 am at 3:25 am #1205415
hey mods this place is too boring tonight! what happened??? i miss one night and after that the place crashes??? wow i didn’t realize i was so important around here!
let me rephrase that. i KNOW i’m Miss Chashuve. but i thought there were some people that MIGHT be able to TRY and fill in at least HALF of what i do. i guess not.
:}December 24, 2008 3:26 am at 3:26 am #1205416
ok – a question to everyone at the party. the winner gets an automatic gimel in the dreidel game on the spin of their choice.
The meaning behind the number “72” in YW Moderator-72 is?December 24, 2008 3:27 am at 3:27 am #1205417
you were born in 1972. Or 1872.December 24, 2008 3:28 am at 3:28 am #1205418
could i have a hint pleaseDecember 24, 2008 3:28 am at 3:28 am #1205419
sorry Moderator-72!!! so we’re friends, huh????December 24, 2008 3:29 am at 3:29 am #1205420
ok i thinks it really 7+2=9—you have 9 children???? how off am i???December 24, 2008 3:31 am at 3:31 am #1205421
your birthday is on 7/2December 24, 2008 3:32 am at 3:32 am #1205422
your name is ZEV – 7=zayin, 2=bais.
I should get credit just for coming up with an original one…December 24, 2008 3:36 am at 3:36 am #1205423
qwertyuiop – this side, over here.
asdfghjkl – I am friends with everyone.
so far nobody guessed it correctly and nobody is close.December 24, 2008 3:36 am at 3:36 am #1205424
so mod72 can we have the answer
not yet. YW Moderator-72December 24, 2008 3:38 am at 3:38 am #1205425
the gematria of your name=72December 24, 2008 3:40 am at 3:40 am #1205426
-you live on 72nd street/avenue….
-That’s the last 2 digits of your SS#/bank account/phone number/address
-Your height, 7’2
-Your weight 72+72+…December 24, 2008 3:40 am at 3:40 am #1205427
i know! the 7/11 in your neighborhood used to give out free slurpees on july 2 instead of july 11th. lolDecember 24, 2008 3:44 am at 3:44 am #1205428
curious – his WEIGHT???? lol good one! i think THAT’S it!December 24, 2008 3:47 am at 3:47 am #1205429
Your 72nd anniversary was this year.December 24, 2008 3:50 am at 3:50 am #1205430
beacon- i hope hes not that old moderatingDecember 24, 2008 3:50 am at 3:50 am #1205431
The real answer: random made up combination of numbers to confuse usDecember 24, 2008 3:51 am at 3:51 am #1205432
lol for sure cause he’s like 90 years old!!!!!!!December 24, 2008 3:54 am at 3:54 am #1205433
hey don’t diss 90-year-olds! they’re so cute!
(mod – that was to get on your good side… :})December 24, 2008 3:56 am at 3:56 am #1205434
Why not? I know in 70 years I’LL be the 90 year old grandma on the computer writing emails and blogging…. lolDecember 24, 2008 3:58 am at 3:58 am #1205435
7-2=5 and the new website started in May i think which is the 5th monthDecember 24, 2008 3:59 am at 3:59 am #1205436
beacon-i doubt you will be moderatingDecember 24, 2008 4:01 am at 4:01 am #1205437
oh 4 sure i could see that happening!!! ha ha good one!!!!!!!December 24, 2008 4:07 am at 4:07 am #1205438
so mod you ever ganna tell us??????????????December 24, 2008 4:12 am at 4:12 am #1205439
yes, I’m going to tell you… at the Chanukah Party tomorrow… so keep guessing and, who knows, maybe someone will guess correctly.December 24, 2008 4:13 am at 4:13 am #1205440
qwerty I doubt this site will need mods then. Self-moderating technology of some sort??December 24, 2008 4:15 am at 4:15 am #1205441
there were 72 posters when you became modDecember 24, 2008 4:15 am at 4:15 am #1205442
your address?? last numbers in your zip code??? the number of yeshivos you attended??? 72-for those who do 72min shobbos nite???December 24, 2008 4:17 am at 4:17 am #1205443
thats trueDecember 24, 2008 4:19 am at 4:19 am #1205444
i hope he didnt attend 72 yeshivosDecember 24, 2008 4:19 am at 4:19 am #1205445
Add 6 zeros after and you get your salary? I’m out of ideas!December 24, 2008 4:23 am at 4:23 am #1205446
i would say your not a day younger than 52 years old!!!!! am i close???December 24, 2008 4:30 am at 4:30 am #1205447
check out my wikipedia page, my age is no chiddush 🙂
can you guess everyone elses?
can anyone else guess everyones ages?December 24, 2008 4:43 am at 4:43 am #1205448
dont have internetMember
favorite #? ,zmanim, thats what the editor gave u, did eni mini miny mo?December 24, 2008 4:46 am at 4:46 am #1205449
72 because thats the number you were given when you became mod
im out of ideas ….a freilichen chanukahDecember 24, 2008 4:54 am at 4:54 am #1205450
Mod72- Are u by any chance on Hatzala? Is that your number?
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