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Chanuka Journal

Rashei and Rabbanei HaYeshiva
Alumni and Students


Dedicated in memory of Abraham Gontownik z"l 
on the occasion
of his twentieth Yahrzeit, 
and in honor and in
of the births of our grandchildren during the past year,
Avraham Meir to Shira and Ari, Asher Leo to Jordana and Ranan,
and Jack Sutton to Bellene and Yoni
The Gontownik Family



The Meaning of Chanuka  
“Jewish Sovereignty Was Restored" Harav Yehuda Amital zt"l
Letting the Light of Torah Shine Harav Yehuda Amital zt"l
The Significance of Chanuka According to the Maharal Harav Yehuda Amital zt"l
Historical Uniqueness and Daily Service Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
Religious Faith and Art Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
Chanuka - The Menora and the War Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
Chanuka: Restoration and Innovation Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
The Importance of Preparing the Menora Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
The Dual Nature of Chanuka Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
Chanuka as a Holiday of Innovation and Renewal Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
The Symbolism of the Menora and the Incense Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
Studying Greek Wisdom Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
Judaism and Greek Culture Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
"To Make Them Forget Your Torah and to Divert Them From the Laws of Your Will" Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
God and Man According to Judaism and Hellenism Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
Chanuka Candles and the Menora in the Mikdash HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein
The Haftara of Shabbat Chanuka HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein
Publicizing the Miracle and the Covenant of Chanuka Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein
Daniel and the Greek Kingdom Harav Yaakov Medan
They, Too, Were Part of the Miracle”  Harav Yaakov Medan
Avraham, Gidon, and the Hasmoneans Harav Yaakov Medan
The Miracle of the Oil and the History of Chanuka HaRav Yaakov Medan
On Miracles, Revealed and Hidden Harav Yaakov Medan
The Jar of Oil and the Future of the Jewish People Rav Ezra Bick
Why Celebrate a Miracle? Rav Ezra Bick
The Two Miracles of Chanuka Rav Yitzchak Blau
The Secret of Chanuka as Revealed by the Prophecies of Chaggai and Zekharia Rav Yoel Bin-Nun
"In Those Days, at This Time" Rav Eliyahu Blumenzweig
Chanuka: The Reasons to Celebrate and the Nature of the Laws Rav David Brofsky
Chassidic Teachings on Chanuka: Is the Mitzva Kindling the Lights  or Setting Them Down Rav Itamar Eldar
Chassidic Teachings on Chanuka: Do We Celebrate Miracles or the Routine? Rav Itamar Eldar
Where is Modiin? Prof. Yoel Elitzur
Yosef and Chanuka Rav Mordechai Friedman
A final stanza to the piyyut "Maoz Tzur" which adds praise to Hashem for the modern miracle which we have all witnessed the salvation of Am Yisrael from the pit of exile and the reestablishment of Jewish sovereignty in our Land. Rav Nathaniel Helfgot and Dr. Avi Shmidman
The Miracle of the Lights Rav Yair Kahn
Chanuka: Insularity or Influence? Rav Elyakim Krumbein
Chanuka and the Prophecies of the Second Temple Period Rav Menachem Leibtag
"One and Seven” Rav Shlomo Levy
The Once and Future Festival Rav Asher Meir

The Significance of the Miracle of Oil
Rav Yosef Zvi Rimon
A Song of David for the Dedication of the House Rav Yehuda Shaviv
On Zeal and Baseless Hatred Rav Yehuda Shaviv
The Haftora for Shabbat Chanuka Rav Yehuda Shaviv
Expressions of Pirsumei Nissa Rav Moshe Taragin
Chanuka as the Inauguration of Galut Rav Moshe Taragin
The Nature of the Blessing of "She-assa Nissim" Rav Moshe Taragin


The  Laws  of   Chanuka  
Can a Child Light Chanuka Candles for the Household? Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
Women's Obligation to Light Chanuka Candles Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
Lighting Chanuka Candles in the Synagogue Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
Lighting Chanuka Candles by Soldiers and Travellers Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
Lighting from Candle to Candle Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
The Shehecheyanu Blessing on Chanuka Harav Baruch Gigi
Chanuka Lights: Oil, Wax or Electricity? Rav David Brofsky
The Blessings on the Chanuka Candles and the Manner of Lighting Rav David Brofsky
Where Should a Traveler or Student Light Chanuka Candles? Rav David Brofsky
The Proper Place to Light Chanuka Candles Rav David Brofsky
”To Kindle the Lights of Chanuka” Rav David Brofsky
The Proper Time for Lighting Chanuka Candles Rav David Brofsky
Ner Chanuka: Who Lights and How Many Candles? Rav David Brofsky
Chanuka and Purim: A Study of their Differences Rav Nathaniel Helfgot
"She-assa Nissim La-avoteinu" Rav Yair Kahn
Where to Light on Chanuka Rav Shlomo Levy
Chanuka Candles Lit for Less than Half an Hour Rav Shlomo Levy
"They, Too, Were Included in that Miracle" Rav Mayer Lichtenstein
Lighting Chanuka Candles - A Halakhic Overview Rav Doniel Schreiber
Mitzvat Hallel - A Halakhic Overview Rav Doniel Schreiber
The "Shamash" Rav Yehuda Shaviv
Publicizing the Miracle of Chanuka in Times of Danger Rav Yossi Slotnik
"In Matters of Holiness, We Ascend" Rav Meir Spiegelman
Are These Candles Indeed Holy? Rav Binyamin Tabory
Using Shemitta Oil for Lighting Chanuka Candles Rav Moshe Taragin
The Chanuka Menora and the Menora of the Temple Rav Moshe Taragin
Jewish Monarchy Rav Moshe Taragin
The Function of the Temple Menora Rav Moshe Taragin
The Blessing of "She-assa Nissim" and Publicizing the Miracle Rav Moshe Taragin
Talmudic Methodology - How Did the Greeks Defile the Temple? Rav Moshe Taragin
Chanuka Candles as an Obligation of the House Rav Moshe Taragin








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