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Chanukah“To bring back his soul from the grave; so that his being might see the light.” (Job 33:30) In Elihu’s first response, he relates the secret of the suffering of the righteous. The Tzaddik suffers

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Countdown to Chanukah 18 Print E-mail

ChanukahThe Talmud (Menachot 85b) says: “Tekoah Alpha Lashemen” – Tekoah (the name of a place) is the alpha – the choicest place – to find the oil for the Temple service. We pay careful
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Lights XIII: Rav Shlomo Kluger Print E-mail

Chanukah“Shine Your face upon Your servant, save me in Your kindness.” (Psalms 31:17) King David asks God to shine the Divine Image upon him, as in, “Let us make man in our image,”
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Countdown to Chanukah 19: The Ran Print E-mail

ChanukahThe Ran (Rabbeinu Nissim, Pesachim 4a, “U’mihu”)  answers the Rosh’s question  (Pesachim 1:10) of why is the blessing over the Chanukah candles “l’hadlik” and not “al hadlakat,”

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ChanukahIn Job’s eleventh and final response to his friends, he sees that his friends don’t have an answer to his arguments, so he speaks of his previous greatness and righteousness. (Ralbag; Job 29)
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ChanukahThe Rosh (Pesachim 1:10) reflects on why the blessing over the Chanukah candles is “l’hadlik” and not “al hadlakat,” as in “al Netilat Yadaim.” Rabbeinu Asher explains that since
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ChanukahOne who gives bad advice is called a “darkener”, as in the verse, “Who is this that darkened counsel by words?” (Iyov, 38:2) It is evident from this that good counsel is light
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Chanukah“For it is You Who will light my candle, God, my Lord, illuminates my darkness.” (Psalms 18:29) God illuminated David’s soul in honor of David using his mouth to honestly confess his
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Countdown to Chanukah 21 Print E-mail

ChanukahThe Ari Hakodesh (Siddur HaAri; Kavanot Chanukah) taught that one should keep in mind one of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy each day of Chanukah, in order to stir all 13 Attributes:
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Lights IX Print E-mail

Chanukah“For You are my candle, God; God illuminates my darkness.” (Samuel II 22:29) Compare this to: “They shall take for you pure, pressed olive oil.” (Exodus 27:20)  Usually a man will use
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Countdown to Chanukah 22 Print E-mail

Chanukah“One may not make a blessing over a candle until one has benefited from its light.” (Berachot 51b) This is why we turn off the lights for Havdala, so we can benefit from the light of the
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