Is there a Jewish source for Chanuka gifts?

  • @SimchasTorah - Is he referring to gelt or gifts?
    – Dave
    Commented Oct 19, 2010 at 3:12
  • Referring to gifts Commented Oct 19, 2010 at 17:16

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In the Emes Leyaakov on Shulchan Aruch on Siman 670, Reb Yaakov says that giving gifts on Chanukah is not Chukas Hagoyim, it is a Jewish Minhag and they took it from us. The reason for it is that they sent a gift with the children to the Rebbeim, and the children got gifts too because they were the shluchim. A much earlier sefer, Chanukas Hatorah, a sefer the Magen Avraham quotes in Hilchos Chanukah, speaks of giving Chanukah GIFTS.

  • do you have an exact page/siman in the Chanukas Hatorah ? I would like to look it up.
    – eramm
    Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 15:52

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