Welcome to Naaleh’s Chanukah Program!

Starting this Thursday afternoon, we will share exciting new content with you, each day. We want to enlighten your holiday with Torah wisdom, inspirational content, and practical advice from renowned Torah lectures and teachers.
Bookmark this page and check back here every day, right after lighting Chanuka candles, for informative parenting tips from world renowned educator Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller Gottlieb, exciting stories by award winning storyteller and master teacher Rabbi Hanoch Teller, and thought-provoking articles, and divrei Torah.

Chanukah Raffle:

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Send us your favorite Chanukah idea using this form and we will add you to our list. We will post the submitted Divrei Torah on our social media channels each day, and on the eighth day of Chanukah we will do the drawing and announce the winner.

Day 1: Thursday, Kislev 25th (December 10th)

Parenting Lecture

In This Torah class Rebbetzin Heller gives insight into parenting kids in the early stages of life.

Chanukah Story

Rabbi Paysach Krohn tells a story heard from the famous Jerusalem maggid, Rabbi Shabsai Yudelevitz. About a century ago, in Milan, Italy, a poor scholar met a wealthy Jew who invited him home for Shabbat. The guest looked around and saw a small, broken, glass flask standing prominently out of place in a cupboard filled with exquisite silverware. The host followed his guest’s gaze and began to tell his story. Read on at: https://www.naaleh.com/the-eternal-spark-within-us/

Day 2 and 3: Motzaey Shabbos, Kislev 27th (December 12th)

Parenting Lectures:

In this Torah class Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller discusses parenting for kids ages 4-10.

In this Torah class Rebbetzin Heller discuses parenting for kids ages 10 – Teens.

Chanukah Stories:

When a group of chassidim journeyed to the Chozeh of Lublin they never suspected that their simple wagon driver was anything but simple. But when the wagon driver asked them to take his kvittel to the Rebbe, they discovered something wondrous. Read on: https://www.naaleh.com/the-hidden-light/

In October 1940, Rabbi Chaim Stein z’tzl led a group of Telshe students on a daring escape from war ravaged Europe on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. The train moved excruciating slow, stopping at every town and village along the way. But the students absorbed in Torah and prayer hardly noticed the days slipping away. One day someone announced that Chanukah would begin that night. How would they fulfill the mitzvah of lighting Chanukah candles? Read on: https://www.naaleh.com/spinning-the-cosmic-dreidel/

Day 4: Sunday, Kislev 28th (December 13th)

Parenting Lecture:

In this Torah class Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller discusses how to parent Teens

Chanukah Story:

On Zot Chanuka, 1938, Judah Geier and his family were fleeing to Holland. Without warning their entire train plunged into darkness. Immediately, Judah sprang up and pulled nine candles out of his coat pocket. He lined them up on the windowsill in their train compartment, whispered the blessings, and kindled the lights. In the otherworldly glow of the menorah, his face shone with happiness. The German officers discerning the light came running in. Read on: https://www.naaleh.com/travel-candles/

Day 5: Monday, Kislev 29th (December 14th)

Parenting Lecture:

In this Torah class Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller discusses how to help and accept your kids individuality on the fifth night of Chanukah

Chanukah Story:

Our conflict during the Grecian exile was whether to rise above self or to worship self. The more resistance there was to “Greek think” the more the Greeks tried to suppress “Jew think.” Read on at: https://www.naaleh.com/chanukah-greek-fragmentation-and-jewish-unity/

Day 6: Tuesday, Teves 1st (December 15th)

Parenting Lecture:

In this Torah class Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller discusses how to accept yourselves and growing with it to become better parents on the sixth night of Chanukah

Chanukah Story:

In Nov. 1995, Itzhak Perlman, the famous violinist, appeared on stage in New York to give a concert. Pearlman wears braces and walks with crutches, remnants of his bout with polio as a child. The audience waited quietly as he laboriously trekked across the stage. He then signaled to the conductor and began to play. Suddenly one of the strings on his violin snapped. Read on: https://www.naaleh.com/the-artists-task/

Day 7: Wednesday, Teves 2nd (December 16th)

Parenting Lecture:

Rav Gav Friedman – Serving Hashem on an Elevated Level:

In this Torah class Rav Gav Friedman discusses how to serve Hashem on a higher level

Chanukah Insight:

In Kabalah, the number eight signifies something above nature. Chanuka is a time to break out of our mold and recast ourselves into something different. There’s a special force in the air which whispers to us, “Find a different dimension, improve, spread your wings.” Read on: https://www.naaleh.com/chanukah-revealing-the-essence/

Day 8: Thursday, Teves 3rd (December 17th)

Parenting Lecture:

In this Torah class Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller discusses the how we elevate ourselves beyond the natural aspect by Praying.

The Ultimate Light Vanished Darkness Experience:

In this Torah class Rabbi Hanoch Teller gives an inspiring story about Chanukah.

Chanukah Insight:

If you can enter the mindset that life is not real, but a series of tests that Hashem has staged for you, then you can even accept the threat of death with utter serenity Read on: https://www.naaleh.com/courage-of-chanukah/

Chanukah Raffle: