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The Foundation Stone“When the Holy One, blessed is He, created His world, He created it like an infant born from its mother. For a fetus born from the mother, begins from its navel and expands outward to all four directions so too, the Holy One, blessed is He, began to create the world from the Foundation Stone and from that, the entire world was established.” - Midrash Tanchuma – Pikudei #3

 

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Lights XVI Print E-mail

Chanukah“Jonathan said, ‘My father has distressed the land. See now how my eyes lit up when I tasted just a little bit of this nectar.’” (Samuel I 14:29) Our Sages taught: “A person suffering from
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Countdown to Chanukah 16: Vayaged Yaakov Print E-mail

Chanukah“These candles are holy.” (Haneirot Halalu) At first glance, this seems to contradict the Talmud (Shabbat 22a), which asks: “Do these candles have any holiness? We do not benefit from
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Lights XV: Rav Chaim David Vialli Print E-mail

Chanukah“Arise! Shine! For your light has arrived, and the glory of God shines upon you.” (Isaiah 60:1)  This prophecy addresses the royal family of King David that will arise suffused with all
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Countdown to Chanukah 17 Print E-mail

Chanukah“And they lit candles in the courtyards of Your Holy Place.” (Al Hanissim) The Midrash (Bamidbar Rabbah 15:6) says that The Holy One, Blessed is He, said to Moshe, “Go and say to
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Lights XIV Print E-mail

Chanukah“To bring back his soul from the grave; so that his being might see the light.” (Job 33:30) In Elihu’s first response, he relates the secret of the suffering of the righteous. The Tzaddik suffers
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Countdown to Chanukah 18 Print E-mail

ChanukahThe Talmud (Menachot 85b) says: “Tekoah Alpha Lashemen” – Tekoah (the name of a place) is the alpha – the choicest place – to find the oil for the Temple service. We pay careful
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Lights XIII: Rav Shlomo Kluger Print E-mail

Chanukah“Shine Your face upon Your servant, save me in Your kindness.” (Psalms 31:17) King David asks God to shine the Divine Image upon him, as in, “Let us make man in our image,”
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Countdown to Chanukah 19: The Ran Print E-mail

ChanukahThe Ran (Rabbeinu Nissim, Pesachim 4a, “U’mihu”)  answers the Rosh’s question  (Pesachim 1:10) of why is the blessing over the Chanukah candles “l’hadlik” and not “al hadlakat,”

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Lights XII Print E-mail

ChanukahIn Job’s eleventh and final response to his friends, he sees that his friends don’t have an answer to his arguments, so he speaks of his previous greatness and righteousness. (Ralbag; Job 29)
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Countdown to Chanukah 20 Print E-mail

ChanukahThe Rosh (Pesachim 1:10) reflects on why the blessing over the Chanukah candles is “l’hadlik” and not “al hadlakat,” as in “al Netilat Yadaim.” Rabbeinu Asher explains that since
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