Bonus quote: The quieter the mind, the more powerful, the
worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the
prayer is. To the quiet mind all things are possible.

Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)
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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --Three blessings of Chanukah
    --What is Chanukah?

    Midway down the page:
    --And G-d said, "Let there be light."
    --A drop of oil, hidden in the heart...

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Chanukah customs
    --Meaning of the word, "Chanukah"

          And the Last Word: A flame destined...
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And now, the Last Word:
Bonus Quote: He who receives a benefit should
never forget it; he who bestows one should never
remember it.

Pierre Charron (1541-1603)

 
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    Chanukah First Blessing

    Blessed are you, Lord our
    G-d, King of the Universe,
    Who sanctified us by his
    commandments, and has
    commanded us to kindle
    the lights of Chanukah.

    Chanukah Second Blessing

    Blessed are you, Lord our
    G-d, King of the Universe,
    Who wrought miracles for
    our fathers in days of old,
    at this season.

    Chanukah Third Blessing

    Blessed are you, Lord our G-d, King of the Universe, Who has
    kept us alive, and has preserved us, and enabled us to reach
    this season.
What is Chanukah?...When the royal Hasmonean family
overpowered and was victorious over (the Greeks),
*
they searched and found only a single cruse of pure
oil...enough to light the menorah for a single day.

A miracle occurred, and they lit the menorah with this
oil for eight days.

On the following year, they established these (eight days)
as days of festivity and praise and thanksgiving to G-d.

Talmud, Shabbat 21b                     *Occurring in 165 BCE (editor's note)
Jerusalem Menorah
In the beginning, "G-d said, 'Let There Be Light.'"
The first night of Chanukah
The reference is not only to physical light
as we know it. This initial statement is
rather the mandate of all Creation. The
ultimate goal and purpose of creation is
that the Divine Light shine throughout the
world, transforming everything, even
darkness itself, so that it, too, will shine.

Courtesy of www.chabad.org

    The mitzvah of kindling the
    Chanukah lights begins at
    sunset...They are to be
    placed in the outer doorway
    of one's home; if one lives
    on the second floor, one
    should place them in a
    window which looks out to
    the street.

    Talmud, Shabbat 21b
Menorah in the French Alps


    The Chanukah Lights which are kindled
    in the darkness of the night recall to our
    minds memories of the past: the war that
    the Hasmoneans waged against huge Syrian
    armies, their victory, the dedication of the
    Temple, the rekindling of the Menorah,
    the small quantity of oil that lasted for
    many days, and so on...

    In such times of distress we must always
    be like that faithful band of Hasmoneans,
    and remember that there is always a drop
    of 'pure olive oil' hidden deep in the heart
    of every Jew, which, if kindled, bursts into
    a big flame. This drop of 'pure olive oil' is
    the 'Perpetual Light' that must and will
    pierce the darkness of our present night,
    until everyone of us will behold the fulfill-
    ment of the prophet's promise for our
    ultimate redemption and triumph. And
    as in the days of the Hasmoneans 'the
    wicked will once again be conquered by
    the righteous, and the arrogant by those
    who follow G-d's laws, and our people
    Israel will have a great salvation.'

Moscow Menorah
Chanukah customs include eating foods
fried in oil --
latkes (potato pancakes) and
sugganiot (doughnuts); playing with the
dreidel (a spinning top on which are
inscribed the Hebrew letters
nun, gimmel,
hei
and shin, and acronym for Nes Gadol
Hayah Sham,
"a great  miracle happened
there"); and the giving of Chanukah
gelt,
gifts of money, to children.

Courtesy of Chabad.org
Las Vegas, NV Menorah
Menorah in Wellington, New Zealand
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The Hebrew work "Chanukah" has three meanings:

  •        Education
  •        Dedication
  •        Beginning
The miracle of Chanukah was that they lit the
menorah with this oil for eight days -- that the
flame of selfless sacrifice blazed beyond a
moment of truth, beyond a day of reckoning.
That the small pure cruse of oil burned beyond
its one-day lifespan for an additional week,
illuminating the seven chambers of the soul
(Kabbalistic teaching enumerates seven
middot or basic character traits -- love,
restraint, harmony, ambition, devotion,
bonding and receptiveness -- from which stem
all feelings and motivations of the heart). This
was no mere flash of light in a sea of darkness,
but a flame destined to shed purity and light
for all generations, under all conditions.

Based on the teaching of the Lubavitcher Rebbe;
adapted by Yanki Tauber
Originally published in "Week in Review"
Courtesy of
MeaningfulLife.com and Chabad.org
With special thanks to Chabad of Bel Air:  www.chabadofbelair.org