The Holiday Of Chanukah

The Daily Halacha Moment - Chanukah🕎


״כל השונה הלכות בכל יום - מובטח לו שהוא בן העולם הבא״ (נידה עג ע״א, מגילה כח:)


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Question:

What happened during the times of Chanukah?

Why do we light the Menorah on Chanukah?


Answer:

During the time of the second Bet HaMikdash, the Syrian- Greeks issued cruel decrees against Bnei Yisrael in their attempt to destroy the Jewish religion. The Syrian-Greeks entered the Bet HaMikdash and desecrated and defiled all of its pure and holy vessels. On the twenty-fifth day of Kislev, the Chashmona’im succeeded in defeating the Syrian-Greek forces occupying Eretz Yisrael. The Chashmona’im then entered the Bet Hamikdash in search of uncontaminated oil to use to kindle the Menorah. After exhaustively looking for pure oil, they found only one bottle that contained the Kohen Gadol’s unbroken seal attesting to its purity. Although there was only sufficient oil to burn for one day, a miracle occurred, and the oil lasted for eight days, by which time they were able to produce more oil. Therefore, on Chanukah we light the menorah for eight days, to thank Hashem and publicize the great miracle that occurred at that time. [1] Over the next two weeks we will bzh discuss the Halachot of Chanukah in more depth.


Sources:

[1]. See Gemara, Shabbat 21b; Rambam, Hilchot Chanukah 3:1; Mishnah Berurah 670 §1.

Adapted from The Laws Of The Holidays - Nacson


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