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The Temple Menorah had seven branches, why isn't the Chanukah Menorah the same?

The Chanukah Menorah was designed (not to replicate the Temple Menorah, but) to celebrate the miracle of the oil, which should have sufficed for one...

Why did it take eight days to procure pure oil?

Two possible reasons are given for this phenomenon:1. The olive presses were located in northern Israel (in the portion of the Tribe of Asher). It is a...

Why is Chanukah eight days long if there was enough oil for one day?

This question is as old as the holiday itself... If the pure oil which was found was enough for one day, then seemingly no miracle occurred on the first...

Why was the Jewish army that fought the Greeks called the "Maccabees?"

The word "Maccabee" is an acronym for the Hebrew words1 Mee Kamocha Ba'ailim Hashem (Who is like You amongst the powerful, O G-d).According to...

Is it permissible to have a holiday tree for Hanukkah?

Rabbi Yossi Greisman: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? AJ: Quick question. My wife was wondering if it's...

I am wondering which came first, Purim or Chanukah?

Rabbi Latowicz: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment... western770: I am wondering which came first, Purim or Chanukah? Rabbi Latowicz: Purim Rabbi...

Is it Hanuka, or Chanuka?

In truth it isn't spelled either way. It is really a Hebrew word spelled with Hebrew letters. There is thus no official way to transliterate into in...

What is Chanukah?

Chanukah (pronounced CHAH-noo-kah) means "dedication." It is an eight-day holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple after a...