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Candle Lighting Times

Sunset (Ashkenazic-Ashkenazic )
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Before lighting Shabat candles

  • 7. Adding a New Candle on Each Day of Hanuka
    Ĥanuka, belongs to the realm of the supernatural, as it reveals the lofty stature of the Oral Torah. Therefore, we light candles for eight nights, adding a new candle each night.
  • 6. The Oral Torah: The Light That Illuminates the Darkness
    Ĥanuka is the celebration of the Oral Torah. First, this holiday was established by the Sages, and second, the mitzva of lighting the candles was one of the first mitzvot the Sages enacted.
  • 5. Lasting Spiritual Accomplishments
    The longer our exile lasted, the longer and brighter the light of Israel and its Torah shone. It will continue to illuminate the world until we merit bringing new and pure oil from the olives of Eretz Yisrael, from which we will light the Menora of the Holy Temple
  • 4. Crises in the Hasmonean Dynasty
    Although the Hasmonean revolt impeded the process of Hellenization, it did not stop it entirely.
  • 2. The Greek Empire
    As a result of the conquests, Greek culture spread throughout the world, consuming all other cultures and forming a single Hellenistic civilization
  • 3. Evil Decrees and Rebellion
    The intense pressure that the Greeks exerted against the Jews kindled a spark in their souls, and when the Greeks arrived in the village of Modi’in , Matityahu rose up and killed the Greek officer and his Hellenized Jewish collaborators.
  • 1. The Enduring Holiday of Hanuka
    after the destruction of the Second Temple, the Sages abolished Megilat Ta’anit. Only Ĥanuka remains of all those day, as the Sages explain, because of the unique miracle of the oil that it commemorates and the mitzva of lighting Ĥanuka candles that the Sages enacted to publicize the miracle.
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    Sukkot and Chanukah
    It's not a mistake! Sukkot and Chanukah are really related.
  • Insights
    The Maccabis of Today are Victorious
    A special Shiur by Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed for Chanukah.
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