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Hanukkah, a holiday commemorating the miracles surrounding the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in the second century BCE

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Switching residences at night during Chanukah

The answers to this question explain that if one is not eating at home during Chanukah, he nevertheless needs to light Chanukah candles/lights at his house, where he will be sleeping that night. What ...
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Why does the haftorah for Chanukah begin "rani visimchi ", and not "I saw a gold menorah"?

B"H In the haftorah for Chanukah we begin the passage with "Rani visimcha bas Tzion", sing and rejoice, daughter of Tzion Earlier in that same passage it says, "Behold, I saw a ...
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In what sense is Hanukkah "a Yom Tov like other yamim tovim"?

The Machzor Vitry (§234) finds a scriptural source for Hanukkah in Leviticus 24:2. That the stipulation that Israelites should collect pure olive oil for the menorah should follow on from a ...
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Were Haman's possessions hung on a tree?

In Maoz Tzur we say: רב בניו וקנייניו,‏ על העץ תלית His many sons and his possessions, You hung on a tree Were Haman's possessions really hung on a tree?
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I notice the book 1 Maccabees isn't part of the Jewish canon even though the basis for Hanukkah is

As far as I know, Hanukkah is about the Maccabean Revolt. The book of 1 Maccabees is deuterocanonical in Catholicism & some Orthodox churches but not in Jewish canon. So, according to the Jewish ...
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If a Jew is Bar/bat mitzvah in Hanukkah may they light the menorah [duplicate]

According to Halacha, if a Jew becomes bar/bat mitzvah during the middle of Hanukkah, is it permissible for them to light the menorah candles with a beracha? Or since they weren’t obligated by the ...
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Is fasting on Hanukkah prohibited

According to Halacha, is it prohibited to fast on Hanukkah like it is on Yom Tov, Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, and Chol Hamoed? Or, unlike those times, is it permissible to voluntarily fast?
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Is there a reason to use a shamash, beyond for light?

I always understood the purpose of the shamash to be to light the other, mitzva candles with; and that it used to be used as the candle that could be benefitted from. Seeing as the first purpose is ...
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On the horn of an ox

What is the significance of the horn of an Ox that the Greeks made the Jews write (Midrash Rabbah 2:5 and other places) We have no Part in the God of Israel on it (even thought in his Epistle to Yemen ...
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Why doesn't the shulchan aruch mention the basic way of lighting Chanuka candles?

The Shulchan Aruch (O"Ch 671:2) says: כמה נרות מדליק בלילה הראשון מדליק אחד מכאן ואילך מוסיף והולך אחד בכל לילה עד שבליל אחרון יהיו שמונה ואפי' אם רבים בני הבית לא ידליקו יותר. הג"ה וי"...
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Regarding the lighting the menorah, what is the reason why Ashkenazim follow a Sefardic Authority and vice versa

Concerning the lighting of the Chanukah menorah, Ashkenazim follow the Rambam, who was a Sefardic authority who says, “Every member of a household should light their own Menorah.” Sefardim observe ...
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Chanukah candles lit by a non-Jew [duplicate]

Is a Jew allowed to recite the Chanukah blessings if the candle in the menorah was lit by a non-Jew? (Specifically, the shamash was lit by a non-Jew, and then from that shamash, a Jew lit the Chanukah ...
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What part of this Chanukah song is actually about Passover instead?

"Eight Candles Shine" is a 1963 song by Malvina Reynolds, published by Schroder Music Co. It is frequently used in [US] schools as a "Chanukah Song" at winter concerts. I am ...
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Sukkos and Chanukah Connection

There are many parallels between Sukkos and Chanuka: The Gemara in Shabbos 21b gives an explanation for Beis Shammai's opinion that one should count down candles throughout Chanukah that it's just ...
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When to light the Shamash when lighting Menorah?

When lighting my Menora, saying the relevant Brachot, and lighting the Shamash, what order should I follow? I think the best way is: 1. Shamash 2. Brachot 3. Chanukah-Lights But someone said, the ...
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What is the origin of Al Ha Nissim for Hanukka?

Whence Al Ha Nissim that we say on Hanukka? Who wrote it? When? When did it enter the siddur? Has the wording changed over time?
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Locating a Sfas Emes on the influence of Chanukah

In addition to this question, I am eagerly looking for the location of a Sfas Emes where he discuss the following concept (parphrased): Chanukah and Purim are both Rabbinical festivals. Chanukah and ...
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How many Maccabees were there and what were their names?

How many Maccabees were there and what were their names?
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What are the sources for the stories of Chanukah?

I'd like to find the sources for the stories associated with Chanukah. When I was younger, I was taught stories like: Eliezer Maccabee being crushed by an elephant. The rebellion staring in Mode'in ...
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Should you extinguish Chanukah candles that are still lit the next night?

If someone lit Chanukah candles with enough oil/wax to last more than 24 hours and now wants to light the same Hanukiah the next day with the original candle still burning what would the proper action ...
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Can the menorah shamash be taller by simply using a taller candle or does the menorah itself need to have the shamash holder higher by design?

According to the custom of lighting a shamash for the menorah, must it be set at a different height from the rest of the lights of the menorah? While the common practice these days is it's taller, the ...
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War after the miracle of oil?

One popular explanation for the name Chanukah is that on 25th of Kislev (כ"ה) they had a respite of their enemies (חנו מאויביהם). (Actually I am not so sure about the first source of this either. ...
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Is a non-Jew permitted to light a menorah?

Is it ok/respectful for a non-Jew to light the menorah?
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Thanks for the wars

In Al Hannisim we say: v'al hamilchamot she-asita la-avoteinu Loosely translated: And for the wars which you made for our Forefathers Why are we thanking Hashem for wars?
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Why a different list and different order in על הנסים and in הנרות הללו?‎

On Chanuka, we thank God in the amida (sh'mone esre) and grace after meals ועל הנסים ועל הפרקן ועל הגבורות ועל התשועות ועל הנפלאות ועל הנחמות ועל המלחמות שעשית לאבותינו בימים ההם בזמן הזה for the ...
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Different Maariv 9 days in a row [duplicate]

Under what circumstances can you have 9 days in a row with no two Maarivs being exactly the same as each other? Related to Chanuka
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Reusing cotton wool wicks during Hanukkah

One who lights Hanukkah candles with oil and cotton wool wicks. Is it allowed to use yesterday's wicks again for the same candle or for another candle? There is no difference in the quality of light ...
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The minhag to read chapter 119 in Tehilim in Chanuka (Temney Api)

I heard that there is a minhag to read Chapter 119 in Tehilim (Psalms) every Chanuka Evening (Temney Api the name of the chapter). I also heard that each evening there are 4 letters of the chapter to ...
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Repetitiveness and the reason for the way of reading the Torah on Hanukkah

Why is it during Hanukkah that the reading of the Torah (according to the Ashkenazi Nusach Sfard) is repeated again on Shlishi? Was it not possible to add other verses? And why is the reading ...
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Why do we say berachot on hanukah if it’s post-Torah [duplicate]

Since Hanukkah is not mentioned in the Torah, why do we say bercahot with hashem’s name, especially lehadlik ner which includes “asher kiddishanu bemitzvotav”. If hanukah is not part of the ...
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Chanukah greetings proper form

why is the greeting for Hanukah חג אורים שמח "chag urim samach" And not חג אורות?
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The Rokeach and the Chanukah candle

Rabbi Daniel Glatstein (The Light And The Splendor, p. 336-337) quotes the Rokeach, Rabbi Elazar Rokeach of Worms and mentions the following parable: When a new building is complete, the first ...
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Can we put less oil in Shamash of the Hanukiya

Those who light with oil, can they put an amount of oil in the Shamash so that it will light less than 30 minutes? (The other candles will of course be light for at least 30 minutes)
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Chanukah: The Hellenistic Jews defaming the Beis HaMikdash

The Baal HaMaor on Avodah Zahara 52b writes a somewhat radical interpretation on the Chanukah-story. He explains that the people that entered the Beis HaMikdash, and thus impurifying the Beis ...
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Menorah Placement [closed]

I am living in a college dorm where we are not allowed to have open flames in our dorm. However, we are allowed to have flames in our floor lounge (with no windows). Should I light my Chanukah candles ...
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How did the Greeks make the menora-oil impure?

The Gemara in Shabbos 21b famously writes "Mai Chanukah"- what is Chanukah? The Gemara elaborates: When the Greeks entered the Sanctuary they defiled all the oils that were in the Sanctuary ...
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Is there any interest in eating a baked donut on Chanuka?

A person who for health reasons avoids eating fried foods. Can he make the minhag (custom) to eat a donut baked in the oven without oil on Chanuka? ​
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Chanukah and Purim as two friends: insight of the Shaloh

The Shaloh HaKadosh in Aseret HaDibrot, Yoma, Derekh Chayim famously writes that: וחנוכה ופורים הם שני רעים - Chanukah and Purim are like two friends (my own translation) What exactly does this ...
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The oil and Chanukah: what does it come to teach us?

The basic story of what happened when the Hasmonean monarchy overcame the Greeks, and hence we celebrate Chanukah, can be found in the Gemara in Shabbos 21b: When the Greeks entered the Sanctuary ...
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Eating meat on Hannuka?

Is there a source to require eating meat at the Hanuka meal?
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כל כבודה בת מלך פנימה

The Chasam sofer in his commentary to Maseches Shabbos, writes that although the Gemara clearly states that women are obligated to light נר חנוכה, but due to modesty concerns כל כבודה בת מלך פנימה (...
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Why does Chabad use a diagonal branched menorah?

I have seen numerous different shapes for a menorah. The simplest ones have candles in a straight line. Many have curved branches. The only general requirement that I recall reading in Kitzur Shulchan ...
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Where in the history and/or rabbinical works does it say that the people of the Maccabean period fought off lions or were sawn in half or delimbed?

I heard a visiting rabbi talked about Hanukkah and mentioned that the people of the Maccabean period fought off lions and/or were sawn in half or delimbed, but he did not give any exact sourcess, ...
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Hebrew source for a question in "Guidelines" chanukah edition by Rabbis Jaeger and Barclay

For someone who has the sefer "Guidelines" Chanukah Edition by Rabbis Jaeger and Barclay, can you tell me which sources they list in the back of the sefer for the question, "The ...
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Connection between Yosef and Chanukah

The Megaleh Amukos makes a connection between Yosef and Antiochus in regards to the gematria of the names that Yosef is one more then Antiochus. I was wondering if anyone could explain the connection ...
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Midrash Pertaining to the Rekindling of the Menorah Commemorated by Chanukah

The predominant traditional explanation for the eight days of Chanukah is the miracle of the oil: there was only enough pure oil to keep the Menorah fueled for a single day but it miraculously lasted ...
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Is אעדיף כל שמונה online in an accessible format?

אעדיף כל שמונה is a set of piyutim by R' Elazar Hakalir for a weekday Shemoneh Esrei of Chanukah. It was apparently said in Ashkenaz into the Middle Ages, but didn't make it into printed siddurim. I ...
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Why is finding a Sealed Pach Hashemen a miracle?

This is one of the 3 miracles of Chanukah and the one memorialized by decreeing the holiday on the 25th of Kislev as opposed to the 24th when the miracle of the military victory happened or the 26th ...
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Connection between chanukah and parshat mikeitz [duplicate]

Anyone know of any sefarim to look at that elaborates on connection between parshat mikeitz and chanukah?
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When and by whom were the Piyutim of Channukah written?

There are communities that recite special prayers on Shabbos Channukah they begin with אודך כי אנפת ותשוב. Do we know who wrote these and when?

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