Chanuka Short thoughts. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 02 December 2010 14:53
Chanuka short thoughts.
The war was won the 24th and the holiday declared the 25th. 
Two Miracles.
The war and the oil. Some hold we celebrate only the oil. The RaMbaM holds we celebrate both. Some of the ramifications of the RaMbaM's perspective.
The two levels of 'Pada BiShalom' are reflected in Chanuka's two miracles.
the darkness of Chanuka means that we've transcended the light of 'Chama' which is the source of Klipa through (much) Hishtalshelus.
This short class points out that the miracle of Chanukah is more about Yidden's Mesiras Nefesh than about the super natural hand of Hashem that their actions inspired.
Beis Hillel. To grow in holiness.
The well known argument between Beis Shamai and Beis Hillel whether to add or subtract the total number of lights each successive night of Chanuka has been resolved like the Beis Hillel. The message in this is that we must grow in holiness.
Two reasons:
1) In thepre-Moshiach world only actual things matter not potential, not-withstanding the great advantageof the potential over the actual.
2) We follow Beis Hilel who connects it to מעלין בקדש ולא מורידין rather than to פרי החג. All eight days of Chanuka have nothiung tot do wityh Goyim! 
Listen to what the candles are saying.
The candles of Chanuka are only to be looked at. The Frierdiker rebbe says the candles in their quiescence and peacefulness are saying something incredibly deep. LISTEN.
Chanuka candles (as opposed to Shabbos candles) are not for any use. We are not allowed to benefit from them at all. Why?
The apocrypha  which Yidden once shunned, has the elaborate version of the Chanuka story. The earliest text of all tells the story of the candles.
The date of Chanuka (25 Kislev) has an affinity for the idea of renewal. This is evidenced from the fact that in the desert the Mishkan (tabernacle) was completed on 25 Kislev 2449. But it's construction and use was postponed until (the end of Adar and) Nissan of that year. This date was not celebrated until the Chanuka story again exposed this day's uniqueness. Why not celebrate this date from the time of the Mishkan?
Chanuka Gelt.
Why gelt and what's gelt. Why on Chanuka? Some thoughts.
Why the RaMbam connects Shalom Bayis of Shabbos Candles to Chanuka. 
Chanukah and Chassidus and oil.
A thought on Chanukah Gelt.
Kislev to Teves.
Chanuka is the only Yom Tov that starts in one month and ends in another.  From Kislev (the third) to Teves (the fourth) of the winter months.
 Why Chanuka is at the end of the month and actually goes from (the end [disappearing moon] of) one month into (the birth of) another, Rosh Chodesh Teves is where ruchniyus translates into Gashmiyus.
The last day of Chanuka isn't only the last day but a culminating one.
Everything is upside down in the Chanukah story; the Kohanim are the one's on the battlefield. But they get to light the menorah also (anyway).