Chanuka

Chanuka: Affectionate Light

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This video is class 31 of 44 in the series Chanuka: Victorious Faith.

In this shiur (Torah class) on Chanuka, Mrs. Shira Smiles raises a number of questions about the holiday. Firstly, why is the miracle of the oil the main focus, instead of the miraculous military victory? Secondly, what is the significance of ‘zot Chanuka’, the last day of Chanuka.

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Appreciating Miracles: Maoz Tzur, Part 2

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This video is class 30 of 44 in the series Chanuka: Victorious Faith.

In this Torah shiur (class) on Chanuka, Rabbi Avishai David continues his explication of Maoz Tzur, the hymn sung after candle lighting on Chanuka. Part of the obligation to publicize the miracles of Chanuka (pirsumei nisa) is to verbally praise Hashem for them. Maoz Tzur incorporates praise for the miracle of the oil, as well as for the victory on battle, and also discusses the hardships and salvation experienced by the Jewish nation throughout history.

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Maoz Tzur, Part 1

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This video is class 29 of 44 in the series Chanuka: Victorious Faith.

In this Torah shiur (class) on Chanuka, Rabbi Avishai David explicates the beautiful poem sung by Jewish families throughout the world after candle lighting, known as Maoz Tzur. Rabbi David discusses the historical background of the liturgical poem, how it became customary to recite it during Chanuka, its roots in Tanach, as well as its structure and its themes of galut (exile) and geula (redemption).