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    Anonymous

    how can we make are game of dreidle work any ideas

    #1205402

    qwertyuiop
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    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

    Chanukah, 5751

    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.

    #1205403

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    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 [2] and Ches [8], and so on. When you get to Heh [5], 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 [50], 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 Chassid

    #1205404

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    qwertyuiop

    thanx for the great devar torah!!!!

    #1205405

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    asdfghjkl your truly welcome

    #1205406

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    come on people join the party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #1205407

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    where is everyone tonite

    #1205408

    brooklyn19
    Participant

    can’t. too sick from the oil.

    #1205409

    Chuck Schwab
    Participant

    How ’bout everyone try to guess everyone else’s age??

    #1205410

    qaws
    Member

    Hey everyone. I’m stuffed. Awesome latkes tonight.

    Does anyone here like sour cream on their latkes?

    #1205411

    qaws
    Member

    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?

    #1205412

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    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-72

    #1205413

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    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-72

    #1205414

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    and which side are you on mod72

    #1205415

    brooklyn19
    Participant

    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.

    :}

    #1205416

    YW Moderator-72
    Participant

    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?

    #1205417

    Curious
    Member

    you were born in 1972. Or 1872.

    #1205418

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    could i have a hint please

    #1205419

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    sorry Moderator-72!!! so we’re friends, huh????

    #1205420

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    ok i thinks it really 7+2=9—you have 9 children???? how off am i???

    #1205421

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    your birthday is on 7/2

    #1205422

    Curious
    Member

    your name is ZEV – 7=zayin, 2=bais.

    I should get credit just for coming up with an original one…

    #1205423

    YW Moderator-72
    Participant

    qwertyuiop – this side, over here.

    asdfghjkl – I am friends with everyone.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~

    so far nobody guessed it correctly and nobody is close.

    #1205424

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    so mod72 can we have the answer

    not yet. YW Moderator-72

    #1205425

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    the gematria of your name=72

    #1205426

    Curious
    Member

    -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+…

    #1205427

    brooklyn19
    Participant

    i know! the 7/11 in your neighborhood used to give out free slurpees on july 2 instead of july 11th. lol

    #1205428

    brooklyn19
    Participant

    curious – his WEIGHT???? lol good one! i think THAT’S it!

    #1205429

    beacon
    Participant

    Your 72nd anniversary was this year.

    #1205430

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    beacon- i hope hes not that old moderating

    #1205431

    Curious
    Member

    The real answer: random made up combination of numbers to confuse us

    #1205432

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    beacon

    lol for sure cause he’s like 90 years old!!!!!!!

    #1205433

    brooklyn19
    Participant

    hey don’t diss 90-year-olds! they’re so cute!

    (mod – that was to get on your good side… :})

    #1205434

    beacon
    Participant

    Why not? I know in 70 years I’LL be the 90 year old grandma on the computer writing emails and blogging…. lol

    #1205435

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    7-2=5 and the new website started in May i think which is the 5th month

    #1205436

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    beacon-i doubt you will be moderating

    #1205437

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    beacon

    oh 4 sure i could see that happening!!! ha ha good one!!!!!!!

    #1205438

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    so mod you ever ganna tell us??????????????

    #1205439

    YW Moderator-72
    Participant

    yes, I’m going to tell you… at the Chanukah Party tomorrow… so keep guessing and, who knows, maybe someone will guess correctly.

    #1205440

    beacon
    Participant

    qwerty I doubt this site will need mods then. Self-moderating technology of some sort??

    #1205441

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    there were 72 posters when you became mod

    #1205442

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    your address?? last numbers in your zip code??? the number of yeshivos you attended??? 72-for those who do 72min shobbos nite???

    #1205443

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    thats true

    #1205444

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    asdf

    i hope he didnt attend 72 yeshivos

    #1205445

    beacon
    Participant

    Add 6 zeros after and you get your salary? I’m out of ideas!

    #1205446

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    Chuck Schwab

    i would say your not a day younger than 52 years old!!!!! am i close???

    #1205447

    Chuck Schwab
    Participant

    asdfghjkl:

    check out my wikipedia page, my age is no chiddush 🙂

    can you guess everyone elses?

    can anyone else guess everyones ages?

    #1205448

    favorite #? ,zmanim, thats what the editor gave u, did eni mini miny mo?

    #1205449

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    72 because thats the number you were given when you became mod

    im out of ideas ….a freilichen chanukah

    #1205450

    abcd
    Participant

    Mod72- Are u by any chance on Hatzala? Is that your number?

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