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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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There's a custom to eat dairy on each.
answered Oct 19 '10 by msh210
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Tichle (kal), "will cease", makes sense to me, as does the pual t'chule, "will be terminated", as in "vaychulu hashamayim". (I suspect it's tichle.) I don't know of any word tikale (nif'al), though th …
answered Dec 1 '10 by msh210
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You question's a little unclear (to me) but if you're asking (as l ' suggests) I understood that interaction between God and man in the form of miracles done by the former ended along with the can …
answered Mar 21 '12 by msh210
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Different miracle-publicization strategies on Chanuka and Purim. there's no mitzvah on Pesach to "publicize" it. There is: we drink four cups of wine at the seder. See e.g. http://etzion.org.il/vbm/english/pesach/pes64-bt.htm. …
answered Dec 10 '15 by msh210
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The lighters. This is clear from (for example) Mishna B'rura 676:11 ("he turns and continues toward the right", "he should position himself on the left side at the time of lighting"). It's also what I …
answered Dec 10 '12 by msh210
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Mishna B'rura to 21:1 says that once a thing used for a mitzva is no longer usable for the mitzva, it can be discarded, but should not be discarded in a degrading manner or used for a degrading purpos …
answered Dec 13 '11 by msh210
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Kitzur Shulchan Aruch rules that the eight substantive flames all be on a level with the helper flame higher; that the flames not be so close to one another as to form one flame (or to melt adjacent c …
answered Dec 19 '14 by msh210
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According to Wikipedia, no.
answered Dec 20 '11 by msh210
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Kila means "he/it ended" (transitive), here "he/it cut off my strength"; kala means "he/it ended" (intransitive), here "my strength cut out". Yar'du k'even bimtzula means "sank like a stone in the [d …
answered Dec 22 '11 by msh210
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Mishna B'rura 677:12 says someone eating at another's home but in his own city must return home to light, except if he eats there on an established basis. (Which leads to another question....)
answered Dec 27 '11 by msh210
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Etymonline gives it as from Russian латка, "pastry", which may have come eventually from Ancient Greek ἐλαία, "olive" (or maybe it means modern Greek ελαία, "olive". I'm not sure).
answered Jan 4 '13 by msh210
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In Riv'vos Efrayim (volume 8 number 267), Rabbi Efrayim Greenblatt suggests that it may refer to Haman's slaves. (He also refers the reader to Or L'avraham on Rus, by Rabbi Avraham Gurewitz (spelling …
answered Dec 20 '11 by msh210
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This immediately follows another statement of R. Kahana's, which also quoted an exegesis of R. Nasan b. Minyome's in the name of R. Tanchum. Quoting another statement from the same people is pretty co …
answered Dec 1 '18 by msh210
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My understanding is this: The ideal is to publicize the miracle to people outside. (However, Lubavitch custom varies.) This is accomplished by placing the m'nora just outside an outside door, or jus …
answered Jun 4 '13 by msh210
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I have a book here that lists the Hebrew-calendar dates for starting "v'sen tal umatar" for the years 5750 through 5851. Counting, I see that in 26 of those 102 years (25%) Chanuka starts before that date. (And in two of the years they start the same night: 5787 and 5833.) …
answered Nov 29 '13 by msh210