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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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No. From the Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 670:1: ב כ״ה בכסליו מתחילין ח׳ ימי חנוכה ואסורים בהספד ותענית Translated: The eight days of Chanukah begin on the 25th of Kislev, and eulogies and fa …
answered Nov 23 '10 by Yosef
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The gemarah in Megillah 11a (16 lines down in the widest lines) says that Matisyahu was a Cohen Gadol.
answered Dec 3 '10 by Yosef
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The Aruch Hashulchan in Orach Chaim 671:2 notes this difficulty and explains that for mitzvos involving publicizing of a miracle (פרסומי ניסא), including Chanukah candles and the four cups of wine on …
answered Nov 29 '10 by Yosef
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The translations I have seen translate it differently, and effectively elide the vav; either קניניו refers to the rest of Haman's household, or to the fact that his sons were his dearest possessions. …
answered Dec 9 '10 by Yosef