Monday, November 29, 2021



               HAPPY CHANUKAH?

The מחבר in Shulchan Aruch (O.Ch. 670: 2) writes:

"Chanukah was not instituted for משתה and שמחה".

The רמב"ם does write, that Chanukah is ימי שמחה והלל

The Brisker Rav זצ"ל says that the רמב"ם meant with ימי שמחה only to the extent that there is no הספד & תענית but not that there is a חיוב שמחה

According to the above, the appropriate greeting for Chanukah,
might not be "Happy Chanukah"

However, according to the ט"ז who quotes from the מהרש"ל, the רמב"ם does consider Chanuka as a Yom Tov where משתה & שמחה are required.

Have a happy, joyous & Lechtigeh Chanukah

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