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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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The Darkei Moshe (Rav Moshe Isserles's commentary to the Tur) discusses this issue in OC 672 sk 3. He quotes Rabbi Menachem of Reisberg (Merseburg?) as ruling that one who missed the first night light …
answered Dec 7 '12 by Double AA
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It seems construction of the Second Temple commenced on 25 Kislev as evidenced in Chaggai 2 (particularly verses 10, 15, and 18). See these articles by Rav Yoel Bin-Nun (link, long and very thorough) …
answered Dec 11 '12 by Double AA
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The reference is to Michah 5:4. The Talmud (Sukkah 52b) identifies them as King David in the middle, Adam, Seth, and Methuselah on his right, and Abraham, Jacob and Moses on his left.
answered Dec 14 '17 by Double AA
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Igrot Moshe (OC 3:8) forbids translating or explaining prayers in another language at a time when interruptions are forbidden.
answered Dec 15 '16 by Double AA
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The Shulchan Aruch (673:2) rules (based on the discussion in the Talmud Shabbat 21a-b) that if a Chanukkah candle goes out after lighting it, even on Friday before Shabbat starts, one need not relight …
answered Dec 27 '12 by Double AA
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Some say a bracha upon lighting candles on Yom Kippur night. We see that is purely a minhag based on the mishna Pesachim 4:4
answered Dec 21 '11 by Double AA
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Tosfot in a Sukkah 44b suggests that all the brachot we make as part of second day of yom tov are based on a minhag (basing himself on Beitza 4b).
answered Dec 21 '11 by Double AA
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It's practically impossible to know what Rashi's exact source was, but a few explanations of the word תרמודאי surrounding wood and merchants appear in Otzar HaGeonim, Shabbat pg. 30, so that connectio …
answered Dec 6 '17 by Double AA
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You may discard it. The gemara (Megillah 26b) states: תנו רבנן: תשמישי מצוה - נזרקין, תשמישי קדושה - נגנזין. ואלו הן תשמישי מצוה: סוכה, לולב, שופר, ציצית. ואלו הן תשמישי קדושה: דלוסקמי ספרים, תפיל …
answered Dec 13 '11 by Double AA
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The Gemara gives an answer in Shabbat 23a נס כל יומי איתיה. which rashi there interprets to mean that the miracle continued happening the entire 8 days so we say the bracha over the course of …
answered Dec 20 '11 by Double AA
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The P'ri To'ar (YD 19:1) in a discussion of the obligation to slaughter a Ben Pekua' (live offspring found in a kosher slaughtered mother which biblically is included in the mother's slaughtering but …
answered Dec 19 '12 by Double AA
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The Tur (OC 672) says that lighting during the day doesn't work because (alluding to Chulin 60b) שרגא בטיהרא מאי אהני – "a candle in the daytime, what does it accomplish?" In other words, flames aren' …
answered Dec 14 '15 by Double AA