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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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If the reason we light candles on Chanukah is as a commemoration for the fact that the lights of the menorah burned for 8 days on fuel that was only sufficient for 1, why don't we light our menorahs i …
asked Dec 9 '12 by not-allowed to change my name
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What historical event (if any) actually took place on the 25th of Kislev to cause that date to be the commencement of Chanukah?
asked Dec 11 '12 by not-allowed to change my name
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In the song Maoz Tzur it says לְעֵת תָּכִין מַטְבֵּחַ מִצָּר הַמְנַבֵּחַ - which the OU translates as - When You will have prepared the slaughter for the blaspheming foe. Who is this bl …
asked Dec 2 '12 by not-allowed to change my name
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In the song Haneiros Halallu we say that the Chanuka candles are holy and we don't have permission to use them only to view them. I'd like to understand what that means. Do they attain this status … irrespective of who lights them? Meaning if someone who is not obligated to light chanuka candles does so (such as a minor or a blind person) do they have the same status? Do they retain this status if they are seen outside of their halachic time, such as very late at night. …
asked Nov 7 '13 by not-allowed to change my name
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The halacha (Orah Hayyim 677) is that a guest must contribute a perutah towards the fulfillment of the mitzvah of lighting Chanuka candles. I would like to know why we don't find a similar idea by …
asked Mar 3 '14 by not-allowed to change my name