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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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A couple of answers from a couple of Soloveitchiks: R' Chaim Soloveitchik explains that "beracha me'ein shalosh" (al hamichya) only includes those components of bentching which get a beracha. The add …
answered Dec 21 '16 by Y     e     z
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R' Yaakov Weinberg explained that the lesson of Chanuka was that of survival in exile. The lesson of Chanuka was that in the darkness we can create our own light. …
answered Jan 14 '15 by Y     e     z
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The Ran in Maseches Shabbos 9a of the Rif, s.v. אי נמי לשיעורא, cites a dispute between the Rif and some of the Geonim about your second question. The Rif held that after the time period of the mitzva …
answered Dec 9 '15 by Y     e     z
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The Beis HaLevi writes that the miracle was that the sages of the time, in order to ensure that the oil would last for the whole 8 days, only poured 1/8th of the oil into the Menorah each night, and t …
answered Dec 22 '14 by Y     e     z
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This is a machlokes Rishonim. It is brought in the Ran to the Rif's Hilchos Chanuka, first paragraph. The Ran first proves and then defends the opinion that it cannot be used even for mitzvah …
answered Dec 22 '14 by Y     e     z
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The Shulchan Aruch in O.C. 677:3 writes: יש אומרים שאע"ג שמדליקין עליו בתוך ביתו, אם הוא במקום שאין בו ישראל מדליק בברכות Some say that even though they are lighting for a person at his home, …
answered Dec 13 '17 by Y     e     z
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When I was in Yeshiva, I saw someone use empty beer bottles, in which your standard order white Shabbos candles just so happen to be an exact fit. Sorry, I didn't take a picture. If you don't have 8 …
answered Dec 25 '14 by Y     e     z
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They used a half of a lug of oil in each candle every night, in order that it would last through the longest night of the year (Menachos 88b). A lug is 6 egg volumes. An egg volume is disputed, but i …
answered Dec 21 '14 by Y     e     z
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Shulchan Aruch O.C. 672:2 שכח או הדד ולא הדליק [....] ומיהו הני מילי לכתחילה; אבל אם עבר זה הזמן ולא הדליק, מדליק והולך כל הלילה. ואם עבר כל הלילה ולא הדליק, אין לו תשלומין If one forgot and …
answered Dec 18 '14 by Y     e     z
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of a year, and v'sein tal umattar follows the "less exact" calculation. Theoretically, in a few thousand years v'sein tal will start very late and never be before chanuka. …
answered Jan 16 '14 by Y     e     z