In terms of its role in establishing the days of Chanuka as a holiday, the disagreement is only as to whether the miracle of the victory at war is only a preface and preparatory event to the miracle of the lights, which is the finale and completion of the Chanuka miracle, or whether the military triumph is not considered a mere preface but is on par with the miracle of the lights.
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In the past few articles, we discussed some of the basic and necessary approaches to educating our youth today. There is one more very important and necessary component that can’t be stressed enough: Trust. Our children must hear and feel from us that we really believe and trust in them that they will use their capabilities to be successful.
In commemoration of Chag HaGeula, Yud-Tes Kislev, “Beis Moshiach” presents two timely letters from the Rebbe MH”M, gleaned from the personal collection of the internationally renowned sculptor, Chaim Yaakov (Jacques) Lipchitz. Part 4.
YEHUDAH’S DESCENT: After the sale of Joseph into captivity by his brothers, Yehudah, who suggested selling Joseph rather than killing him, “descended” from his brothers and got married. His wife bore him three sons. He married his oldest son, Er, to Tamar. After she was widowed, she married Yehudah’s second son, Onan. When he died too, Yehudah decided that Tamar should remain a widow because he was reluctant to allow her to marry his last son, Sheila.
If you happened upon the Hebrew University Jerusalem Botanical Garden or the Botanic Garden of the University of Tel Aviv and you met a Chassid there, you should know that he is R’ Avrohom Dahan. He is a researcher and a member of the senior staff who conducts research and supervises hundreds of types of plants as well as various spices. * For the past six years he has been devoting his life to his childhood love, botany. In his free time, he researches segulos and sources from Torah literature about the powers and segulos of plants in Eretz Yisroel.
The Rebbe gave us a mission, and we don’t have the luxury of sitting idly and lamenting over this government’s failed policies of fear and loathing. Instead of crying over the hostile atmosphere, we can offer a solution. With boundless love for our Jewish brethren and unwavering determination, we must act with all our strength to bolster our efforts in doing the Rebbe’s holy mivtzaim, giving the Jewish People the special connection they need so desperately – the connection to holiness, spirituality, and the Word of G-d as brought forth in the Shulchan Aruch.
On Sunday, at the end of the first lesson, our teacher announced a new project. “B’ezras Hashem, on Thursday, there will be a project for the students of our class. To start with a challenge, you will need to guess what the topic of our project is. I will dictate a riddle to you and the one who solves it correctly will get a book.”