Newsletter

REFLECTED LIGHT


Chanukah is the quintessential holiday of exile.

The neiros (Chanukah lights) illuminate the darkest season of the year. This is the only holiday that begins during the period of the waning moon. The days of Chanukah actually become darker and darker ... until the very end, because Chanukah ends just when the sliver of the New Moon is becoming visible in the night sky. 

view

 

Recent Posts


Tags

world to come Judgement Day sacrifices Tefillin Europe Amalek Master of the Universe priests minyan death Eve mitzvos King Solomon plague keys media Israel Tu b'Av Lot prophet Samuel Mount Hermon Rabbi Akiva shmittah Isaac miracle King David Chofetz Chaim Ishamael Day of Judgement Mount Zion Faith bird Ashkenazi Dead Sea yeshiva terrorism Jew Golan Torah Boaz slaves Prophecy cholent Shushan Earth Song of Songs forefathers Lunar eclipse Hasmoneans war esrog Parsha Sephardi Ammon trees Second Temple Holy Temple Maimonides Holy Ark patriarchs'matriarchs High Holy Days slavery rosh chodesh shield of Abraham Ruth Divine presence Amram peace evil Sarah miracles Tisha b'Av Holiness rain missiles rabbi exile shofar tablets Adam Chanukkah holiday incense sun barley compassion Baku Haman Babylonia Jews Raiders of the Lost Ark Judah America idol Samuel Shabbos Holy land Abrahem song Passover Seder spirituality High Priest light Moab yarmulke pain Hagar Land of Israel Golus Jewish holidays kosher Rosh Hashana water Tu b'Shvat Genesis meraglim Leah leprosy king Moshaich Zion, Angel judgement secret kesuba Tzuk etan Nation of Israel heaven stars King of the Universe Ten Commandments Heavenly Mercy Banias Rebbe materialism prayers holy End of Days soul Ishmael Chafetz Chaim danger Avraham Bais Hamikdosh moon redemption Pharaoh Day of Atonement biblical flood blessing synagogue Edom Solar eclipse cries Temple Mount Magog menorah Angel of Death heavenly gates lights tabernacle fragrance Torah portion angels enemies Teshuva Rosh Hashanah Jacob Gog tremors Sukkos Sages Elul Rome Eglon Passover Egypt sin kinneret Babylon G-d eternal survival terrorist Miraglim Torah scholars Malbim Laban prophets spiritual paradise evolution Chanukah creation Golden Calf locusts Protective edge kiddush Exodus Tallis Psalm Esther chessed fault fires logic hubris brotherhood automobiles terror Esau United Nations Moshiach Jerusalem Jeremiah Holocaust deluge Geula prayer book stones heavenly throne bible persecution Yaakov Yerushalayim Western World Matriarchs Samuel the Prophet repent commandment terrorists Solomon 2020 Vision bris milah Sea of Galilee India Aharon Abraham Moses God Jewish People tears Matisyahu Yom Kippur Jewish festival ethics three weeks alone dreams salvation Maccabeans earthquake Isaiah Children of Israel mikveh Garden of Eden Hashem Midrash Father in Heaven Zohar Western Wall pray repentance David Jewish Creator Bilaam Zechariah seder Sodom eternity Mordechai Rabbis Macabees resurrection Joseph Purim Galil angel Psalms Moshe Judaism Hebrew Zion ancestors darkness Pinchas Rashi night Terror Attack in Jerusalem Red Heifer Canaan prayer liberation Benjamin Ezekiel fear evil inclination Final redemption Mount Sinai Shechina Red Sea Talmud redeemer chaos prophet New Moon Achashveirosh idolatry Beit Hamikdash purity self-worship Greeks Ishmeal Rebecca violence Temple Chol haMoed spies gossip Balak murder Blame mitzva siddur Noah Shavuos matzos Miriam Rachel patriarchs mikveh, Sabbath Sefiras haOmer sanctity Sabbath messiah culture Repentence Sukkah

Archive