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Menorah Sheds Light on Education

Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch1 famously said, “One must listen to the Chanukah candles.” Gazing at the beautiful candles isn’t sufficient;...

Changing the World, One Person at a Time

This time of year, if you notice a house with candles burning in the window, chances are that it’s a Jewish family celebrating Chanukah, the Jewish...

The Physics of Chanukah: On the Nature of Light

We need to listen to the story that the Chanukah lichtelech (flames) tell us – The Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak SchneersohnA little light dispels a lot...

"Hanukiah" or "Menorah"? Are they the same thing?

Menorah is the Hebrew term for any manmade light source such as a candelabrum, for example. When Modern Hebrew came about, the term Menorah was used for...

When is Chanukah?

Chanukah begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev and lasts for eight days.1 For the year 2012, Chanukah starts at nightfall,...

A Right Turn: My Chanukah Reflection

I must have been undergoing some kind of internal shift, an unconscious return to my Jewish roots, because, for the first time in over 25 years, I decided...

Can you help me find a Chanukah celebration in my area?

Chances are that Chabad is arranging a Chanukah celebration somewhere in your area. At VirtualChanukah.com you will find a global directory of Chanukah...

Is Chanukah mentioned in the Bible?

No. The miracle of Chanukah occurred after Biblical times. The last of the Biblical prophets, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, lived at the onset of the...

Why did the Greeks ruin the oil?

“What is Chanukah? ...when the Greeks entered the Sanctuary [of the Holy Temple] they defiled all the oil therein. When the royal house of the...

Chanukah: What's Light Got to do with it?

Why do we call Chanukah the Festival of Lights? Why not the Commemoration of Oil or the Miracle of the Eight Days? The root of the word Chanukah is...