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    Articles about Hanukkah

    The 2,200-Years War

    The Jewish war against Greek culture continued with its battle against Christianity, which is a blend of Jewish and Greek-Roman ideas, and continues today as well. The leading culture today is Western culture, built on the foundations of Christian culture. And so the points of difference that exist today between Torah and Western culture are also based on the points of struggle between Greek and Jewish philosophy.

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun | Kislev 29 5782
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    Miketz

    Yosef & Yehuda, Nationalism & Universalism?

    In this week's Torah portion of Miketz, we encounter Yaakov's sons Yosef and Yehuda, two leaders in Israel who appear to represent two different approaches...What is very interesting is that we find in the writings of the saintly Rav Kook that the roles of Yosef and Yehuda seem to actually be reversed. Rav Kook deals with the concept of two Messiahs, one to be followed by the other; Messiah ben Yosef and Messiah ben David (descended from Yehuda)...

    Kislev 29 5782
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    Miketz

    Appearance and Reality

    The encounter between Joseph and his brothers is the fifth in a series of stories in which clothes play a key role. What all five cases have in common is that they facilitate deception. In each case, they bring about a situation in which things are not as they seem.

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Kislev 28 5782
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    Miketz

    Timing Is Everything

    "…what cannot be solved by wisdom, will eventually be solved by the passage of time." It seems that time is never neutral, and that its passage certainly influences decisions and events that take place in human society.

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Kislev 28 5782
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    Lashon Hara

    The Halachos of Book, Wine, and Restaurant Reviews

    Is a person allowed to write balanced reviews of books? May one write reviews of other products, such as wine or restaurants? a person asks my opinion of a book, a wine, or a restaurant, may I answer truthfully, even if my personal negative opinion may result in the person choosing another product?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Kislev 28 5782
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    4 min
    Miketz

    Empowering Others

    Paul O'Neill's tenure at ALCO Aluminum Company as CEO from 1987 to 2000 increased the value ofthe company's shares five times, and its market capitalization by $27 billion. How did he do it?

    Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair | Kislev 28 5782
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    Hanukkah

    What Is the Procedure for the Torah & Haftora Reading This Shabbat?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Kislev 27 5782
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    Reflections on Chanukka

    …Who Help Themselves

    What is Chanuka really all about? Does it revolve around the miracle of the oil lasting for 8 days instead of just 1?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Kislev 27 5782
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    Parashat Hashavua

    The Many Implications of Shever

    In the middle section of Parashat Miketz, that root is “shever.” Not only is it used many times, but it is also used with different meanings. We will take a look at several of the contexts and learn more about this important and versatile root.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Kislev 27 5782
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Women Doing Work on Chanuka

    Is the minhag of some women to curtail work on Chanuka binding? When exactly does it apply, and what type of work is included?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Kislev 27 5782
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    Igrot Hare’aya

    Spread the Tzaddik’s Teachings, Not His Asceticism

    Igrot Hare’aya #73 – part III

    Igrot Hare’aya #73 – part III

    Beit Din Eretz Hemda - Gazit | Kislev 27 5782
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    P'ninat Mishpat

    Did the Owner Exhaust his Opportunities? – part I

    based on ruling 80065 of the Eretz Hemdah-Gazit Rabbinical Courts

    based on ruling 80065 of the Eretz Hemdah-Gazit Rabbinical Courts

    Beit Din Eretz Hemda - Gazit | Kislev 27 5782
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    40 min
    Ein Aya

    The Relationship Between Heart & Mind

    All masters of Jewish thought deal with the relationship between the intellect and the emotion in Judaism. Rav Kook's holistic approach suggests an innovative way of harmonizing the heart & the mind to live a full life of Torah.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Kislev 26 5782
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    40 min
    Ein Aya

    Why Heaven & Hell Aren't Mentioned More in the Torah?

    As reward and punishment for the mitzvot, the Torah mainly describes that we will receive rain, victory, peace etc., but very rarely mentions heaven and hell. Rav Kook, in his innovative way, offers an original, beautiful and meaningful explanation, in addition to discussing transitions between exile and redemption.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Kislev 22 5782
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    46 min
    Ein Aya

    Balancing Discipline & Pleasantness Today!

    Rav Kook already foresaw a century ago that democratic culture necessitates placing more stress in raising our children on pleasantness, rather than on discipline. This is an ideal in our evolving world, but also wise and beneficial. Discipline is always important but the balance changes over time.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | KIslev 22 5782
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    Israel and Greece

    Who are the Hellenists of Today?

    The holiday of Hanuka commemorates both military and spiritual victories, of a national nature, during the Second Temple period. On the one hand, the one-day supply of oil in the Holy Temple miraculously lasted for eight days. On the other hand, the greatly outnumbered Jews also won incredible military victories over their Greek enemies, thus preserving the State of Judea for over 200 years. The war was fought also against the Hellenists [Greek sympathizers, mostly Jews], who sought to secularize the Jewish Nation. Do the Hellenists of then have a parallel today?

    Various Rabbis | Kislev 22 5782
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    Vayeshev

    Yosef & His Brothers / The National Religious & the Left

    A comparison of the relationship between the left-wing and the Jewish population of Judea and Samaria (Yesha), and the first ten sons of the Patriarch Yaakov and their young brother Yosef.

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Kislev 22 5782
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    Laws of Hanukkah

    Who Lights the Chanukiya - When, Where & How?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Kislev 21 5782
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    Vayeshev

    Family Complications

    The story of Joseph and his brothers reveals both the strengths and weaknesses of mortal beings and a family structure.

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Kislev 21 5782
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    Vayeshev

    The Heroism of Tamar

    It is thus no coincidence that Tamar, a heroic non-Jewish woman, became the ancestor of David, Israel’s greatest King. There are striking similarities between Tamar and the other heroic woman in David’s ancestry, the Moabite woman we know as Ruth.

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Kislev 21 5782
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