Why are the words כהיום הזה mentioned in Al Hanisim for Chanukah and not in Al Hanisim for Purim or at another appropriate place (in say the brocho of אשר גאלנו) for Pesach?

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Taken, and expanded from my answer here:

It says "CHayom Hazeh" and then says "Achar ken"

This "Achar ken", could be referring to the entire previous statements, or it could be referring to the initial previous statement.

I think, that in this case, it is referring to the "c'Hayom Hazeh".

The battles before Chanukah, where indeed miraculous, and Hashem gave a great redemption and salvation, and performed great wonders for the small Jewish Army.

However, that "Tshuah" and "perkan" did not last very long, and it was not always clear. The Jewish people were still divided, and needed allies for foreign nations. It was not until 10-20 years later that independence was achieved. And then, only 1 to 4 generations later, sovereignty was lost again.

However, On that day, which we celebrate as "this day", (i.e Chanukah) is when the Jewish people and leaders felt the victory of few against the many etc etc, Yeshuah and Pirkan were clear and evident to everybody, and we pray and give thanks for what "little oil" we were able to find during those times.

So in short, "k'Hayom Hazeh" means "Like this day (When the victories were apparent)", which is then contrasted with an "afterward" which focuses only on the dedication of the Beit Hamikdash and ignore the battles and hardships that came to the Jewish people aftwards during that time.

By Purim and Pesach, there was no such "good time/ bad time" dichotomy. After the Story of Purim, the people repented and returned to Israel to build the second temple. After Pesach, we did not go back to Egypt. There is no reason to isolate the miracle of "this day", from the days that surrounded it.


Read it not as כהיום הזה but as כה יום הזה -- this 25th day. It refers to the 25th day of the month, which is Chanukah.

  • Welcome to Mi Yodeya. Any reason why it would be written as one, word, or why the date would need to be mentioned in such a roundabout way? Dec 24, 2014 at 4:25

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