Tuesday, 4 December 2018

JVO Blog: Chanukah – The Holiday of Judaism's Oral Law

originally posted on Dec. 19, 2017

Jewish Values Online (jewishvaluesonline.org) is a website that asks the Jewish view on a variety of issues, some specifically Jewish and some from the world around us -- and then presents answers from each of the denominations of Judaism. Nishmablog's Blogmaster Rabbi Wolpoe and Nishma's Founding Director, Rabbi Hecht, both serve as Orthodox members of their Panel of Scholars. Nishmablog, over the years, has also featured the responses on JVO by one of our two Nishma Scholars who are on this panel. 

The Jewish Values Online website now offers a new service -- a blog which presents comments on various topics within Judaism and the Jewish world. See
http://www.jewishvaluesonline.org/jvoblog/index?aid=0. Rabbi Hecht is also a blogger on this blog.

His latest post 

Chanukah – The Holiday of Judaism's Oral Law

is now available at http://jewishvaluescenter.org/jvoblog/oral-law
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1 comment:

Mr. Cohen said...

Kav HaYashar, chapter 96:

Any candle lit for mitzvah has sanctity beyond measure.

If we had the spirit of Divine Inspiration, we would recite the blessing for the lights and understand the future through the mitzvah of candle lighting.


Kav HaYashar, chapter 96:

Every mitzvah candle brings down holiness from Above and causes the kindling of candles Above.


Kav HaYashar, chapter 96:

Chanukah candles represent the Heavenly candles and [Divine] Attributes that are aroused and inflamed to work justice against the wicked.


CHRONOLOGY: Kav HaYashar was written by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Kaidanover [alternate spelling: Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Keidenower] and first published in 1705 CE in Frankfurt, Germany. He died in year 1712 CE. (Jewish year 5472 Adar 15).


On 2018 December 2, The New York Times
published the article “The Hypocrisy of Hanukkah”
by Michael David Lukas, which describes Hanukkah as:

“an eight-night celebration of
religious fundamentalism and violence.”

SOURCE: The New York Times and Hanukkah
by Jerold Auerbach, 2018 December 4


Rabbi Steven Pruzansky said:

“In the genocidal war being waged
against the Jewish people, the
New York Times is an accomplice.”

A New Low, a blog article
by Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, 2015/10/29


Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of Congregation
Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, New Jersey:

“…the [ancient] Greeks, against whom the
Maccabees fought and prevailed, were avid
supporters of and indulgers in homosexuality.

It was just one of the immoral practices
of the Hellenists that the faithful Jews
found so repugnant, and therefore went
to war in order to purge the land of it.”

SOURCE: Another Mistake on Chanuka
by Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, 2012/12/13