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The name Macabi is the four letters *Mem*, *Chof*, *Beis* and *Yud* which stand for *
M**i Comocha Bo’ailim Hashem* – Who is like You among the heavenly powers,
Hashem. This is the banner that Yehudah HaMacabi would carry with him to
make sure that he knew Who was orchestrating the war.

One G-d created heaven and earth. Superficially, the creation seems to be composed of many disparate forces. Idol worshipers are blinded by the external appearance of the world and think that these forces have real power, when in truth they are no more than illusions.

Regarding the laws of carrying items on Shabbos, the halacha (law) discusses two domains, the domain of one, the private domain, and the domain of many, the public domain. The domain of one is the domain of holiness, the realm of those that recognize the underlying force of the One G-d in all of creation. The domain of many is the domain of evil; it is the realm of those that see the many forces that seem to be operating as the ultimate reality.
The private domain, a person’s home, is where G-d is manifest. The public domain, the street, is where the multiple forces of evil have free reign.

The lights of Chanukah are kindled at the door, where the private domain borders the public. Light has the power to repel and nullify impure forces. Security must always be most vigilantly ensured at the borders.
The lights of Chanukah safeguard the borders of holiness.
Source: Shalosh Seudos Torah Parshas Vayishlach

Chanukah Gifts from the Heart from Lazer Brody

With the economic squeeze, people are worried about what they’re going to buy their loved ones for Chanukah this year.

First of all, there’s no mitzva on Chanukah to exchange gifts.

Second, the best gifts aren’t material. (like these Torah thoughts on Chanukah free – http://rabbisitorsky.com/ )

The greatest gift you can bestow on another human being is empathy and a non-judgmental, listening ear. People forget material gifts, but they don’t forget the time, patience, and understanding you accorded them. The best gifts originate in the heart, not in the wallet. by a copy of Elyon and book now there or visit here with  Totourisrael

I’m going to conclude with an inspirational Chanukah story from “Chassidc
Tales of the Holocaust”, by Yaffa Eliach.

On page 13, she tells a moving story from the Bluzhover Rebbe, Rabbi
Yisroel Spira, zt’l, about the first Chanukah light at Bergen Belsen.

On the Eve of Chanukah a selection took place. Many of the inmates were
tortured and later massacred. When the Nazis departed they left behind
heaps of tortured and twisted bodies.

Then it was time to light the Chanukah lights. Of course they didn’t have a
Menorah, oil or wicks. So they had to improvise. A wooden clog, the shoe of
one of the inmates, was the menorah. A string from the prisoner uniform was
the wick, and the black camp shoe polish was the oil.

Not far from the heaps of bodies, the living skeletons gathered to
participate in the kindling of the Chanukah lights.

The Bluzshover Rebbe made the first two berachos -blessings on the lighting
of the Chanukah candles with his melodious voice filled with sorrow and
pain. Then, before he made the third blessing, he stopped and looked around
as if he was searching for something.

But then he immediately turned his face back and chanted the third blessing
(the “*Sh’Hechiyanu*”), “Blessed art Thou G-D…King of the Universe, Who has
kept us alive, and has preserved us, and enabled us to reach this season.

After the Lighting, a certain inmate who always liked to debate matters of
religion, faith and truth, approached the Rebbe with a question.

He said he understood the necessity of the kindling of the lights
especially in these times. He even understood the significance of making
the first two blessings. He said, however, “The fact that you made the
third blessing is beyond me. How can you thank Hashem for keeping us
alive…and enabled us to reach this season? How could you say it when
hundreds of dead Jewish bodies are literally lying in the shadows of the
Chanukah lights, when thousands of living Jewish skeletons are walking
around the camp, and millions more are being massacred? For this you are
thankful to Hashem? This you call ‘keeping us alive’?”

The Rebbe answered him that he was a hundred percent right. In fact, the
Rebbe admitted that he hesitated and looked around before making the third
blessing because of this very question. He wanted to consult with the other
distinguished Rabbis who were standing next to him, if he indeed was
permitted to make that blessing.

“But just as I was turning my head, I noticed that behind me a throng was
standing, a large crowd of living Jews, and their faces expressing faith,
devotion and concentration as they were listening to the rite of the
kindling of the Chanukah lights. I said to myself, that if Hashem, blessed
be He, has such a nation that at times like these, when during the lighting
of the Chanukah lights they see in front of them the heaps of bodies of
their beloved fathers, brothers, and sons, and death is looking from every
corner, if despite all that, they stand in throngs and with devotion
listening to the blessings…; if indeed I was blessed to see such a people
with so much faith and fervor, then I am under a special obligation to
recite the third blessing.”

Many years later, after the liberation, this fellow sent regards to the
Rebbe and said that the answer he gave him that dark Chanukah night in
Bergen Belsen had stayed with him ever since, and was a constant source of
inspiration during hard and troubled times. [Till here is the story].

Let the Rebbe’s answer be a source of inspiration during our hard and
troubled times, especially here in Eretz Yisroel.

When we see that despite the danger and tragedy we witness constantly, more
and more people pray to Hashem and come closer to Him. Even those that have
been directly affected by these tragedies, turn to Hashem with faith and
fervor, for this alone, we should make our “third blessing” with great
feelings of emotions.

We, in this time which was designated for miracles, should come closer to
Hashem and pray for the ultimate miracle of the complete Redemption and
coming of the Messiah and May Hashem bless His Nation with Peace. Have a Happy Chanukah. (from Rav Shlomo Price)

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4 responses to “Channukah/Hanukah/Hannukah-Chanukah Inspired!”

  1. midnightrabbi says :

    Happy Chanukah to Ethiopian students waiting 4 Bar Mitzvah! Donate now!

    • midnightrabbi says :

      from lazer brody Light of Moshiach and How to Play Dreydel

      The famed tzaddik and Kabbalist, Rebbe Zvi Elimelech of Dinov, author of the B’nai Yissachar, calls the light of Chanuka Or Haganuz and Or pnai Moshiach, or the “hidden Divine lights” and “the lights of Moshiach’s countenance. These concepts cannot be understood by logic, explains the Melitzer Rebbe, only by pure and simple faith.

      The Melitzer Rebbe speaks quite a bit about Moshiach during Chanuka. He also has a very special dreydel – pure silver – with the letters nun – gimel – hey – shin on it, one letter per side. I asked the Rebbe why he uses a dreydel with a shin and not with a pey, as most people in Israel do. The Rebbe hinted that there are tremendous inner secrets in these four letters, and particularly that the numerical value of nun (50), gimel (3), hey (5), and shin (300) equal 358, the exact numeric value of Moshiach (mem – 50, shin – 300, yud – 10, chet – 8 = 358). My dreydel, pictured on the left, is an exact copy of the Rebbe’s. The Rebbe also added something very cryptic when he told me that each spin of the dreydel brings Moshiach closer.

      Don’t underestimate the fantastic quality time of playing dreydel with your children. In the Brody household, we play for almonds, for cashews, or for coins. The action is better than Vegas, and it’s kosher too! Here’s how to play dreydel in classic Chassidic Yiddish tradition:

      First, make a cental kitty, starting with about 20 coins or almonds. Let each player have at least 10 of his own units to play with.

      Second, give the dreydel the best spin you can. Champion spinners have prestige status…

      Third, once the dreydel lands, here’s what you do:

      Nun: first letter of “nem” in Yiddish (take) – take one coin or nut from the central kitty

      Gimel: first letter of “gib” in Yiddish (give) – put one coin or nut in the central kitty

      Shin: first letter of “shik” in Yiddish (send) – send every other player one coin or nut from your own pot

      Hey: first letter of “halb” in Yiddish (half) – you win half the central pot

      Your children and grandchildren won’t forget the quality dreydel time you spend with them for the rest of their lives. When the dreydel game is over, serve the Chanukah delicacies…

      May the light of Chanuka illuminate our lives, and may we all benefit to see the Menora kindled in the Beit HaMikdash this coming Chanuka, amen.

  2. midnightrabbi says :

    thanks too Daniel Leeman dhl@netvision.net.il

    Over Chanukah, we recite a special prayer in our silent prayers and in the grace after meals. In this prayer we pledge thanks and recognition to the Master of the World for all of the miracles that He has performed for us and in particular the miracles of Chanukah.

    Interestingly though, we appear to be expressing our gratitude not only for bringing about our victory, but also for the actual war itself?! Where is the ‘miracle’ in bringing about a war; surely it is a natural outcome of a disagreement between two parties? In a similar vein, it appears that in addition to the miracle of the weak minority being victorious, there is an additional miracle in the fact that they were also righteous, pure Torah scholars, as opposed to their evil, impure sinners. But again these factors generally do not affect ability to succeed in war!

    In addition, on the one hand the miracles are described to have taken place ‘in those days’ but on the other to be ‘like this day’. But surely we celebrate the unique miracles of the past, rather than those of today, and in any case, where are these miracles of ‘this day’?

    In a similar prayer on Purim we mention how Haman attempted to destroy the Jews, but on Chanukah we mention that the enemies literally ‘stood on Your nation of Israel’. What does this term mean?

    And finally, the entire account appears a little superficial: how the Jews were shown a miracle, as a result of which they improved their Divine service. Such artificially induced spiritual awakenings are generally short lived, and so what was the ultimate purpose of these miracles?

    In the terrorist attack upon the Twin Towers (‘9/11’) out of 850 Hatzola (Jewish Emergency Service) members on the scene, 100 of them were trapped, but miraculously all survived.

    One of these was R. Mechel Handler, executive of Hatzola. When he found out about the attack he immediately left the Hatzola office on East 9th. Arriving on the scene he appreciated the extent of the situation. When he saw the second plane he burst into tears as he comprehended the extent of the effects of the situation. He got to work immediately. In the midst of everything there was a loud noise as the South Tower began to crumble. Everyone ran for their lives. Mechel ran to take cover in an ambulance. Moments later his feet – still dangling out the ambulance door were completely buried in rubble. He thought it was over and he started praying. The soot made it hard to breathe.

    When the noise stopped he was trapped and was suffocating! He was desperate for air, and felt his end slowly approaching.

    Suddenly he realised that his nose was pressed against an oxygen tank! He praised the Master of the World and with a little help he took oxygen and could once again breathe!

    He went on to free himself and continued helping other victims!

    The purpose of ‘big’ miracles of the past are not just to momentarily ‘take our breath away’ but rather to encourage us to always ‘look under our very noses’ and make us appreciate every breath we take – everyday.

    What is so miraculous about a war, or about righteous, pure, Torah scholars being good soldiers? Nothing… and everything! Indeed these might be scenarios appearing to be ‘natural’ – but ‘nature’ is indeed miraculous! Even a war, seemingly started by two opposing forces is not due to ‘natural’ circumstances, but is rather also Divinely ordained [1].

    This is the message of Chanukah.

    In the time of the Greeks, the Greeks were successful in ‘standing upon the Jews’- in imposing their outlook upon the Jews whilst degrading spirituality. Subsequently the Jews began assimilating and adopting the Greek outlook that everything is nature and happenstance. Therefore the ‘big’ miracle of Chanukah was sent to save them, which after witnessing there was indeed a spiritual awakening. It was not intended to be a one-off inspiration that would soon be forgotten, but rather a constant reminder of the miraculous nature of everything around us. Subsequently after witnessing the miracles, they did not undertake a one-off spiritual awakening of thanks, but rather ‘shed light’ upon the spiritual darkness of the Greek outlook and returned to the regular everyday Divine service of the lighting of the menorah.

    This is the message of Chanukah. The big miracles demonstrate to us that everything – even ‘nature’ is in fact miraculous. A person who does not believe this, we have been taught [2] has no portion in the Torah. This is because it is the Torah that sets us apart from the Greek perspective that everything is ’nature’ and devoid of spirituality. The Torah is beyond physicality [3] and this world [4] and it is therefore that which connects us to spirituality and teaches us that things simply cannot happen without relevance and reason… even those everyday things which are under our very nose!

    Have a naturally miraculous Chanukah,

    Dan.

    Sources:

    Story: Even in the Darkest Moments, Zeev Breier

    [1] Avodah Zara 2b

    [2] Ramban, end of Bo

    [3] e.g. Pesachim 54a

    [4] Rashi Koheles 1:9

  3. midnightrabbi says :

    Reblogged this on midnightrabbi inspires and commented:

    Only 2 weeks away and we just book @yosef Kardunah For our Channukah celebrations 🙂 Live inspired and full of light that share to others too! Donate not just a Doenut!

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