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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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How about this: Number of pesukim in the parasha of the korbanos of the nesiim (and the gematria of chanuka). …
answered Dec 6 '10 by WAF
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Chanuka lights. One is a "helper light" called the shamash and the other is an "extra" one. The shamash is used to light the other light(s). In practice this one must be lit first. As the general …
answered Nov 28 '13 by WAF
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יעקב אש ויוסף להבה Ya'akov is fire and Yosef is flame. I don't know if "flame" is the best translation, but it's the part of the fire that is not necessarily attached to the source/fuel and …
answered Dec 2 '10 by WAF
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The Beis Hab'chira (maseches Shabas 23a - "mi she'ein lo l'hadlik" on the lower left) quotes and approves of the opinion that if one has no access to Chanuka lights of his own and cannot see others …
answered Dec 28 '14 by WAF
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The implication of the adjacent statement is that it requires one to sell off his belongings (even his clothing) to do it.
answered Dec 3 '10 by WAF
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Mishna B'rura says each day is separate from the last because each one commemorates an individual and independent chag that each day's nasi' made in celebration of his contribution to the dedication o …
answered Dec 3 '10 by WAF
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20th c. rabbi and legal decisor Yisrael Meir Kagan wrote in the Mishna B'rura (Orach Chayim 676) that the guiding principle in lighting the candles is never to pass one's hand past a candle without li …
answered Dec 9 '09 by WAF
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The Shulchan Aruch in Orach Chayim 676:1 says that you should recite it on the second night after the regular two b'rachos. The same goes for any subsequent night if it is the first time you are light …
answered Dec 13 '09 by WAF
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From what I understand, it does depend on where you live. An integral part of lighting Chanuka candles is "advertising the miracle" (pirsumei nisa). For many years this was accomplished by lighting …
answered Dec 11 '09 by WAF
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[One who] became a bar mitzva on Chanuka may light the candles during the day [if he is among] those who always light before sunset, but it is correct to light between sunset and nightfall. In a …
answered Nov 26 '10 by WAF