web analytics
January 28, 2015 / 8 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance
Blogs
Sponsored Post


Rosh Chodesh Kislev, Getting Ready for Hanukkah

The Holiday of Hanukkah takes place at the end of the month, when the moon is fading from the sky and its light has gotten dimmer.
523714_10200194178439957_854327748_n

Today is the first day of Kislev and the second day of this year’s Rosh Chodesh Kislev.  The Holiday of Hanukkah takes place at the end of the month, when the moon is fading from the sky and its light has gotten dimmer.

On the eight days of Chanukah, not only do we light the chanukiyah, Chanukah menorah, but we add a short prayer to all of our prayers which is called “Al Hanissim,” “For the Miracles.”

And [we thank You] for the miracles, for the redemption, for the mighty deeds, for the saving acts, and for the wonders which You have wrought for our ancestors in those days, at this time.

In the days of Matityahu, the son of Yochanan the High Priest, the Hasmonean and his sons, when the wicked Hellenic government rose up against Your people Israel to make them forget Your Torah and violate the decrees of Your will. But You, in Your abounding mercies, stood by them in the time of their distress. You waged their battles, defended their rights, and avenged the wrong done to them. You delivered the mighty into the hands of the weak, the many into the hands of the few, the impure into the hands of the pure, the wicked into the hands of the righteous, and the wanton sinners into the hands of those who occupy themselves with Your Torah. You made a great and holy name for Yourself in Your world, and effected a great deliverance and redemption for Your people Israel to this very day. Then Your children entered the shrine of Your House, cleansed Your Temple, purified Your Sanctuary, kindled lights in Your holy courtyards, and instituted these eight days of Chanukah to give thanks and praise to Your great Name.

Vyte1674908

I consider this the perfect summary of the Chanukah story and also a lesson for today.  It’s an “against all odds” type of story.  It’s the type of story that repeats itself in Jewish Biblical history and until this very day.

Our redemption, our victory depends on our reliance on and obedience to G-d and not on foreign nations or leaders.  Just like the Chanukiyah won’t light itself, we must take on the responsibility and work hard to live safely and securely.

14412_10200089567104739_1580344882_n

I’ve written many times that I believe that the key is to extend Israeli sovereignty over the Land of Israel, starting with what Israel holds today, from the Temple Mount, to the Golan, the Jordan Valley, Judea, Samaria until the border with Egypt.

“We have the power to demand peace by refusing to negotiate with our enemies.  There won’t be peace until they come to us begging.  The more we beg the further we are from peace.”

Visit Shiloh Musings.

About the Author: Batya Medad blogs at Shiloh Musings.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

2 Responses to “Rosh Chodesh Kislev, Getting Ready for Hanukkah”

  1. send personal invites to WOMEN AT THE WALL

  2. A Hybrid Moon coincided this day! I thought that was interesting.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
parent org's website homepage of new political campaign office in Israel.
Look Who is Behind the New US Democratic-Style Campaign in Israel
Latest Blogs Stories
Doug Goldstein

Distinguishing between manipulating and influencing people + 3 steps towards positive communication

Netanyahu wants more room on the table for the military option to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Despite “excuses” about not wanting to influence Israel’s election Netanyahu’s views should be heard

palestineRecognition6001

Israeli leaders deny reality: Nothing we can do will make the Arabs accept a viable Jewish state

Auschwitz Entrance

How do we make sure the Holocaust is relevant to new generations?

In 2006, Amona kids saw their teachers and rabbis being thrown from windows as if they were garbage

No money should go to terrorists or their families; anyone involved in terror must pay the price

Responsible Jewish outreach encourages BTs to retain and to enhance their relationship with parents

Israelis will vote for Likud because of Caroline Glick, but she’ll just be Right window dressing.

What are the dynamics of running a family business and what are its impact on family relationships?

The Hareidi paper HaMevaser wanted to have their cake and eat it too: use the photo; lose the women

Producer Chuck Wang explains how you can learn from mistakes and move on towards success.

Chareidi women who want to run for political office don’t suit the full definition of “chareidi.”

France inviting Abbas to the “anti-terror rally” makes me doubt it takes Muslim terrorism seriously

How could a Jewish family hide on the 3rd floor of a hotel where the Germans were on the 1st floor?

No Charedi leader has suggested a change that would make a difference to a failing paradigm

What is the “rookie mindset” and what can new trainees offer to the workplace?

More Articles from Batya Medad
palestineRecognition6001

Israeli leaders deny reality: Nothing we can do will make the Arabs accept a viable Jewish state

Brutal evacuation of Amona

In 2006, Amona kids saw their teachers and rabbis being thrown from windows as if they were garbage

Israelis will vote for Likud because of Caroline Glick, but she’ll just be Right window dressing.

Chareidi women who want to run for political office don’t suit the full definition of “chareidi.”

France inviting Abbas to the “anti-terror rally” makes me doubt it takes Muslim terrorism seriously

Obama-style diplomacy: “Kerry Brings Hugs and James Taylor to Repair Relations with France”

The Israeli phenomenon: The least known candidate gets a disproportionately high amount of votes

One wonders if Pres. Obama knows the phrase “Truth, Justice and The American Way”?

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/shiloh-musings/rosh-chodesh-kislev-getting-ready-for-hanukkah/2013/11/04/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: