Days of Chanukah- Days of Faith

The Days of Chanukah- Days of Faith As opposed to the other holidays and festivals which were already existent since Hashem gave the Torah to the Jewish nation, the holidays of Purim and Chanukah were brought about through two wicked men, Haman and Antiochus. Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef zt”l writes that Purim and Chanukah have resulted in tremendous things for the Jewish nation, for on … Continue reading Days of Chanukah- Days of Faith

Lighting Chanukah Candles With Electric Bulbs

The Poskim in the last few generations have discussed whether or not one may fulfill the Mitzvah of lighting Chanukah candles using electric light bulbs. This question is especially pertinent to those staying at a hotel during Chanukah and are the management does not permitted lighting a fire in one’s hotel room. May one simply fulfill this Mitzvah using a few electric light bulbs? Let … Continue reading Lighting Chanukah Candles With Electric Bulbs

Chanukah Candles

  The Proper Time for Lighting Chanukah Candles On Erev Shabbat Praying Mincha Before Lighting Candles On the Friday afternoon of Chanukah, it is preferable to pray Mincha before lighting the Chanukah candles. The reason for this is because the Mincha prayer was established in the place of the daily “Tamid” sacrifice that was brought in the Bet Hamikdash every afternoon, while lighting Chanukah candles … Continue reading Chanukah Candles

A Guest On Motza’ei Shabbat Chanukah

Question: If one is staying as a guest at one’s parents’ or in-laws’ home for Shabbat Chanukah, where should one light Chanukah candles on Motza’ei Shabbat? Answer: Regarding a married individual who is staying as a guest at his father’s home, according to the Sephardic custom that only the head of the household lights Chanukah candles, the son (and his family) will have fulfilled his … Continue reading A Guest On Motza’ei Shabbat Chanukah

A Place With No Jewish Presence-A Military Base in a Far Off Place

In the previous Halachot we have discussed that according to the Sephardic custom, only the head of the household lights Chanukah candles with a blessing as opposed to the rest of the members of the household. For this reason, Sephardic Yeshiva students lodging at their Yeshiva for the duration of Chanukah should rely on the candles being lit at home and not light Chanukah candles … Continue reading A Place With No Jewish Presence-A Military Base in a Far Off Place

Parshas VAYEISHEV

Torah Reading: VAYEISHEV Gen. 37:1-40:23; Numbers 7:18-29. Haftara: Zechariah 2:14-4:7.  B’rit Chadashah: Acts 7:9-16 “FROM THE DEPTH OF HEBRON”: JACOB & HIS CHILDREN “These are the generations of Jacob. These are their dwellings and rollings (GILGULIM) until they came to a state of habitation (YISHUV). The first cause was that ‘Joseph was seventeen years old.’ ” ‘And Jacob dwelled.’: Jacob wanted to dwell in tranquility, … Continue reading Parshas VAYEISHEV