Monday, December 3, 2018


               HAPPY CHANUKAH?

The Mechaber in Shulchan Aruch (O.Ch. 670: 2) writes"Chanukah was not instituted for משתה & שמחה".

The Rambam does write, that Chanukah is ימי שמחה והלל

The Brisker Rav says that the Rambam meant with ימי שמחה only to the extent that there is no Hesped & Ta'anis but not that there is a Chiyuv Simcha.

According to the above, it would not be the appropriate greeting to wish someone "Happy Chanukah"

However according to the Taz who quotes from the Maharshal, the Rambam does consider Chanuka as a Yom Tov where משתה & שמחה are required.

Have a joyous & Lechtigeh Chanukah

1 comment:

  1. Babylonian Talmud, tractate Shabbat, page 21B:

    Our Rabbis taught: The Chanukah lamp
    [Menorah] should be placed near
    the door of your house, from the outside.

    If you live on an upper floor, place it
    in a window that faces in the public domain.

    In a time of danger, place it on your table,
    and that is enough.


    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of Congregation
    Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, New Jersey:

    “…the [ancient] Greeks, against whom the
    Maccabees fought and prevailed, were avid
    supporters of and indulgers in homosexuality.

    It was just one of the immoral practices
    of the Hellenists that the faithful Jews
    found so repugnant, and therefore went
    to war in order to purge the land of it.”

    SOURCE: Another Mistake on Chanuka
    by Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, 2012/12/13


    Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said:

    “It is true that the American legal system
    derives much of its content from the Old Testament
    [also known as the Jewish Bible or Tanach]...

    When we were growing up, my friends and
    I would take great pride in discovering
    the Jewish sources of American laws, such as:

    the privilege against self-incrimination,
    the requirement of two witnesses for certain
    types of crime, and the very idea that punishment
    must be proportionate to the crime committed.”

    SOURCE: Chutzpah by Alan M. Dershowitz
    (chapter 10, page 318) published in year 1991
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