|Window into the Charedi World | Mordecai Plaut, director|
OPINION & COMMENT
If we could only put the ancient stories of Chanukah behind us - but they are, unfortunately as fresh as today's news. Joshua preferred to be called Jason, even as he became Kohen Godol.
"And They Kindled Lights in the Courtyards of Your Holiness"
The miracle of Chanukah is composed of body and soul, matter and spirit. Part of the miracle deals with the victory of few against many in a physical war involving armies and troops, and the second part is a spiritual miracle, pure and clear, that materialized - was made possible - through the pure cruse of oil, the pure light that was kindled and burned for eight days.
The "Modern" Volozhin Yeshiva
More than 70 years ago when it was founded, prominent figures from the Zionist Labor Movement saw in the future Hebrew University a springboard to breed unproductive elements and a pure waste of the country's inadequate resources. They claimed that allocating funds for academic studies would overlook the vital needs of the new settlement in Eretz Yisroel.
And You Shall Tell Your Son
The Arzei HaLevonon writes that Maran R' Yaakov Kamenetsky zt'l stopped keeping the minhag of stealing the afikoman after his children grew up a little. This was done, among other reasons, because he feared he could not fulfill what he promised the children and would commit the prohibition of "they have taught their tongue to speak lies" (Yirmiyohu 9:4). Lately many questions dealing with various matters connected with child education have accumulated on our desk, and we were privileged to have the gaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky shlita write me answers to each one of these questions. We, with the permission of the gaon shlita, are publishing some of the answers. HaRav Chaim Kanievsky shlita stressed that we should point out that the following is not halocho lema'aseh. (This is a translation of the original Hebrew.)
All material on this site is copyrighted and its use is