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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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I know people call the last day of Chanuka "Zos Chanuka" (taken from Bamidbar 7:84, read on that day). How is it specially commemorated if at all? I've heard it is, but know no details. I'm not asking why it is special, which has already been asked, but how. What do people do special on that day? …
asked Dec 13 '12 by msh210
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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 miracles, rescue, strengths, salvations, wonders, consolations, and battles You effected for our fathers in those days at this time. When lighting the Chanuka lights, we mention that we do so …
asked Dec 19 '14 by msh210
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We add paragraphs to the liturgy of Chanuka and Purim, recounting the respective miracles that those holidays commemorate. We start the paragraphs as follows. Chanuka's starts: In the days of …
asked Mar 27 '16 by msh210
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about the benedictions, however. I wonder about "sheasa nisim". Is there some way to say it after the fact? Someone who cannot light Chanuka lights says "sheasa nisim" if he sees someone else's lights …
asked Mar 14 '17 by msh210
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In the middle of a lengthy discussion about Chanukah, the Bavli (the beginning of Shabas 22) sticks in this seemingly unrelated passage: And R. Kahana said: R. Nasan b. Minyome exegeted in the nam …
asked Dec 1 '18 by msh210
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My kid came home from school one day insisting that the thing we light on Chanuka is not a m'nora but a chanukiya. I replied that that's the word most Israelis use now but that m'nora is a perfectly … thoroughly.) So my question is this: am I right? I mean, I know I'm right that m'nora has long been used to mean a Chanuka-thing, but (1) what's the earliest it's attested in print and (2) what's the …
asked Dec 8 '10 by msh210
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Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 684:3 says (in my own translation): If rosh chodesh Teves comes out on Shabas, we remove three Torah scrolls, and six people read in the weekly section and one in that …
asked Mar 25 '12 by msh210