PDA

View Full Version : Happy Chanukah!!!



RAV TUX
December 10th, 2007, 01:59 AM
I am surprised it is the sixth day of Chanukah and no one has posted a Happy Chanukah! Thread

Happy Chanukah!

To all people of all beliefs, Peace and Love to All!

What can you do on Chanukah? Try the Ubuntu Hebrew Remix (http://www.cafelinux.org/distropedia/node/184).


The LiveCD defaults to a fully "Hebrewalized" UI but you can easily boot to a "Hebrew Enabled" environment by hitting F2 and choosing English in the initial boot menu.http://shlomil.blogspot.com/2007/11/ubuntu-hebrew-remix.html

http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=52748&d=1197248162

Chanukah: Basic Concepts and Laws (http://www.torah.org/learning/yomtov/chanukah/chanbasics.html)

Candle Lighting Blessings (http://www.torah.org/learning/yomtov/chanukah/brachos.html)

All About Chanukah (http://www.torah.org/learning/yomtov/chanukah/)

crimesaucer
December 10th, 2007, 02:03 AM
I was going to wish you a Happy Chanukah because I have seen the Hebrew around your avatar... but I just sort of kept it to myself.


Anyway, Happy Chanukah.

RAV TUX
December 10th, 2007, 02:07 AM
I was going to wish you a Happy Chanukah because I have seen the Hebrew around your avatar... but I just sort of kept it to myself.


Anyway, Happy Chanukah.Thanks for the Love. ;)

Peace, Love and Happiness to you & to all on this Chanukah and the year to come.

Lets hope Micheal Dell sells lots of Ubuntu Dells! ;)

The Animated Menorah gif is cool



http://www.torah.org/image/onlinemen.jpg http://www.torah.org/image/menorah/pixel.gif
http://www.torah.org/image/menorah/pixel.gifhttp://www.torah.org/image/menorah/pixel.gif


Our Chanukah Menorah will be updated at 2000 GMT (3pm EST) on each day of the Holiday.

http://www.torah.org/chanukah.html

-grubby
December 10th, 2007, 02:14 AM
well I don't celebrate chanukah but happy chanukah to you!

RAV TUX
December 10th, 2007, 02:26 AM
well I don't celebrate chanukah but happy chanukah to you!Thanks and Happy Sunday to you! ;)

Lostincyberspace
December 10th, 2007, 02:49 AM
well I don't celebrate chanukah but happy chanukah to you!
I second that.

LookTJ
December 10th, 2007, 02:50 AM
Happy Chanukah, but I too don't celebrate it either ;)
I just celebrate Christmas :D

Kingsley
December 10th, 2007, 02:52 AM
*thinks of a good Borat quote* -- I'm kidding lol.
Happy Chrismahanakwanzaa to everybody though.

Lostincyberspace
December 10th, 2007, 02:53 AM
*thinks of a good Borat quote* -- I'm kidding lol.
Happy Chrismahanakwanzaa to everybody though.
:lolflag:

How about just Happy Holidays.

RAV TUX
December 10th, 2007, 04:49 AM
I second that.


Happy Chanukah, but I too don't celebrate it either ;)
I just celebrate Christmas :D


*thinks of a good Borat quote* -- I'm kidding lol.
Happy Chrismahanakwanzaa to everybody though.


:lolflag:

How about just Happy Holidays.

Thanks for the Happy Chanukahs!

Happy Day to all !


Happy Holidays to all people of all beliefs!!

Have a happy Sunday Night and a Happy Monday morning tomorrow!!!

Happy Week!

Happy Hour!

Happy end of Year!

...and Happy New years whose calenders start a new soon !

:guitar:

Flyingjester
December 10th, 2007, 04:52 AM
Happy Chanukah :)

RAV TUX
December 10th, 2007, 04:56 AM
Happy Chanukah :)

Thanks for the Happy Chanukah!!! ;)

Happy Chanukah!!! Happy Holidays!!! Happy Day!!!
:guitar:

RAV TUX
December 10th, 2007, 05:04 AM
Heres a great Chanukah video:

Click on the image to see the YouTube video in full:
http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=52765&d=1197259266 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4_TSN2GT24)

Occasionally Correct
December 10th, 2007, 05:10 AM
Happy Chanukah! I can't say I'm much of a topic starter -- still getting over that shy phase. ;) Otherwise I would have!

RAV TUX
December 10th, 2007, 05:33 AM
Happy Chanukah! I can't say I'm much of a topic starter -- still getting over that shy phase. ;) Otherwise I would have!

Happy Chanukah!!!!

No reason to be shy here! Happy! Happy Chanukah!!!

Here is another hilarious Chanukah Video!!!

http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=52770&d=1197261086 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3ubVzb1ZMg)
Just click on the image to see the YouTube Video ;)

PmDematagoda
December 10th, 2007, 05:35 AM
I'm really sorry, but could someone please tell me what Chanukah is all about? I never heard about it:confused: and would like to know what it is all about.

p_quarles
December 10th, 2007, 05:54 AM
I'm really sorry, but could someone please tell me what Chanukah is all about? I never heard about it:confused: and would like to know what it is all about.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chanuka

RAV TUX
December 10th, 2007, 05:59 AM
I'm really sorry, but could someone please tell me what Chanukah is all about? I never heard about it:confused: and would like to know what it is all about.

Actually here is an excellent source of Chanukah in a Nutshell:


Chanukah in a Nutshell


Chanukah (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/6218) -- the eight-day (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/452603) festival of light that begins on the eve (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/160961) of Kislev 25 (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/218021) -- celebrates the triumph (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/102978) of light (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/45599) over darkness (http://www.chabad.org/search/keyword.htm/kid/1329), of purity (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/102973) over adulteration (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/2685), of spirituality over materiality (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/2680).
More than twenty-one centuries ago, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who sought to forcefully Hellenize (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/2683) the people of Israel. Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/52754) in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service (http://www.chabad.org/search/keyword.htm/kid/2676) of G-d (http://www.chabad.org/search/keyword.htm/kid/3001).

When they sought to light the Temple's menorah (http://www.chabad.org/search/keyword.htm/kid/1367), they found only a single cruse of olive oil (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/103785) that had escaped contamination by the Greeks; miraculously (http://www.chabad.org/search/keyword.htm/kid/2909), the one-day supply burned for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/1542).
To commemorate and publicize (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/104654) these miracles, the sages instituted the festival of Chanukah. At the heart of the festival is the nightly menorah lighting (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/103868): a single flame (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/102905) on the first night, two on the second evening, and so on till the eighth night of Chanukah, when all eight lights (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/2686) are kindled.
On Chanukah we also recite Hallel and the Al HaNissim prayer to offer praise and thanksgiving to G-d for "delivering the strong into the hands of the weak (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/391193), the many into the hands of the few (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/3230)... the wicked into the hands of the righteous (http://www.chabad.org/search/keyword.htm/kid/2197)."
Chanukah customs include eating foods fried in oil -- latkes (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/103095) (potato pancakes) and sufganiot (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/102819) (doughnuts); playing with the dreidel (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/338404) (a spinning top on which are inscribed the Hebrew letters nun, gimmel, hei and shin, an acronym for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, "a great miracle happened there"); and the giving of Chanukah gelt (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/103084), gifts of money (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/69947), to children (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/334370).
Click here for a comprehensive "How To" guide for the observances and customs of Chanukah (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/103902)




http://www.chabad.org/images/global/spacer.gifhttp://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cdo/aid/102911/jewish/Chanukah-in-a-Nutshell.htm

RAV TUX
December 10th, 2007, 06:08 AM
Here are more extensive FAQ's about Chanukah:


What does the holiday of Chanukah celebrate?
Chanukah celebrates two miracles:
a) The 2nd century BCE victory of a small, greatly outnumbered and out-armed army of Jews, known as the "Maccabees," over the mighty Greek army that occupied the Holy Land. The rebellion was in response to the Greek attempt to force a Hellenistic G-dless lifestyle on the Jewish inhabitants of Israel.
b) The kindling of a seven-branched Menorah (candelabra) was an important component of the daily service in the Holy Temple. When the Maccabees liberated the Temple from the hands of the Greek invaders, they found only a small cruse of pure and undefiled olive oil fit for fueling the Menorah. The problem was, it was sufficient to light the Menorah only for one day, and it would take eight days to produce new pure oil. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days and nights.
Click here (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/102816) for more on the story of Chanukah.


How is it spelled, Chanukah or Hanukkah?
In the Hebrew, Chanukah is pronounced with the letter "chet." The chet's "ch" sound is not enunciated like the "ch" in child, rather it's a guttural, throaty sound – like the "ch" in Johann Bach – which does not have an English equivalent. The letter "H" is the closest, but it's not really it. So while some people spell and pronounce it "Chanukah" and others settle for "Hanukkah," they really are one and the same.


What does the word Chanukah mean?
Chanukah means dedication or induction. Following their victory over the Greeks, the Maccabees re-dedicated the Holy Temple and its altar which were desecrated and defiled by the pagan invaders.
The word Chanukah can also be divided into two: "Chanu" – they rested, and "Kah" – which has the numerical value of 25. On the twenty-fifth day of the Hebrew month of Kislev the Maccabees rested from their battle, and triumphantly marched into the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, ready to rededicate it.


Why does the date of Chanukah seem to change each year?
Chanukah begins on the twenty-fifth day of the Jewish month of Kislev. The Jewish calendar is primarily based on the lunar cycle, and its dates fluctuate with respect to other calendar systems. Thus the first day of Chanukah can fall anywhere between November 28th and December 26th.
Click here (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/55194) for an overview of the workings of the Jewish calendar.
To convert any secular date into its corresponding Jewish date, see our Calendar Converter (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/6225).
A Jewish calendar is an important tool for every Jewish home. A wide selection of Jewish calendars should be available at your local Judaica store.


How is Chanukah celebrated?
On each of the eight days of Chanukah, we light the menorah, a nine-branched candelabra, after sunset. On the first night we kindle one light plus the shamash (attendant candle), on the second night we kindle two lights plus the shamash, and so we continue until the eighth night when we kindle all eight lights plus the shamash. The menorah lights can be either candles or oil and wicks.
It is traditional to eat foods fried in oil on Chanukah, to commemorate the miracle of Chanukah which occurred with oil. It is also customary to eat dairy foods during the holiday.
It is customary on Chanukah to give money gifts to children, and to play dreidel games.
It is also customary to give an increased amount of charity each day of Chanukah.
There are also certain passages we add to the daily prayers and Grace after Meals.
Click here (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/103902) to read more about these Chanukah customs and observances.


Is Chanukah a major Jewish holiday?
That depends on your definition of "major."
Many define major Jewish holidays as those that feature traditional holiday meals, kiddush, holiday candle lighting, etc., and when work is forbidden. Only biblical holidays fit this criteria, and Chanukah was instituted some two centuries after the Bible was completed and canonized.
Nevertheless, though Chanukah is of rabbinic origin, it is traditionally celebrated in a "major" and very public fashion. The requirement to position the Chanukah Menorah at the door or window symbolizes our desire to give the Chanukah miracle a "high profile."


Is the public celebration of Chanukah a reaction to the holiday of a different faith—to ensure that Jews don't feel second class?
The Passover Seder is carried out in the privacy of one's home. On Rosh Hashanah we go to the synagogue to hear the sound of the shofar. But there's only one holiday whose primary mitzvah is PR oriented, whose message is meant to be advertized and broadcasted, and that is Chanukah.
Originally, the sages who established Chanukah instituted that the menorah be lit at the entranceway to one's home. The concept of pirsumei nissa, "the publicizing of the miracle" is, and always was, part and parcel of Chanukah.
Many of the laws associated with the menorah reflect this central theme of Chanukah. For example, the Talmud (Shabbat 23b) explains that one who only has sufficient funds for either Chanukah candles or wine for kiddush should purchase the candles, and make do with a wine-less kiddush. Why? "The Chanukah lights are more important, because of pirsumei nissa."
In the Diaspora, the practice of publicizing the miracle via lighting the menorah in full view of public thoroughfares was discontinued due to the persecutions that such displays could have potentially engendered. In Jerusalem, though, to this very day menorahs are lit in plastic or glass casings outside the homes.
Now that by the grace of G d the vast majority of Jews live in lands that pride themselves on their commitment to religious freedom and tolerance, it is certainly appropriate to restore the holiday message that had been silenced for so long.
And there certainly has never been a time when the message of the Chanukah lights has been more needed by societies that so thirst for meaning and spirituality.
See also Public Menorahs (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/597155).


What are some of the traditional Chanukah foods?
Because of the central role that oil played in the Chanukah miracle, it is customary to serve foods fried in oil. The traditional foods vary according to country of origin:
Jews of Eastern European (or Ashkenazi) origin eat latkes, or fried potato pancakes.
Sephardic Jews eat different varieties of deep-fried donuts. Greek Jews call them "loukomades"; Persian Jews refer to them as "zelebi," while in Israel jelly doughnuts are wildly popular and known as "sufganiot."
It is also customary to eat dairy foods on Chanukah, in commemoration of the bravery of Yehudit, who used cheese to defeat the Greek general Holofernes. Click here (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/103019) to read the story of this brave woman.
And one more custom....
It is customary amongst Sephardic residents of Jerusalem to arrange communal meals during the eight days of Chanukah. Friends who quarreled during the year traditionally reconcile at these meals.


Where does the name "Maccabee" come from?
The name Maccabee may come from the Hebrew word for hammer, or for hitting. It is also an acrostic for "Mi Kamocha Ba-Elim Hashem!" (Who is like You among the mighty, O G-d!).


Is it mandatory to give gifts on Chanukah?
The original custom of giving gifts is actually that of giving "Chanukah gelt" or Chanukah money. (There is no specific custom in terms of giving every day, some give every night some give on the fourth and/or fifth night—it is really up to each individual.)
There are a few reasons for this custom: The Code of Jewish Law, explains that the menorah's candles may only be viewed to recall the miracle and not for any other purpose. The Code's author, Rabbi Yosef Caro, includes counting money as an example of what the menorah lights cannot be used for. Giving out Chanukah money was a way to remember this rule.
The Talmud refers to money on Chanukah when it cautions us to light at the very least one candle, per household, per night on Chanukah—even if we must go door to door for candle funds. The widespread custom of giving Chanukah gelt enabled the poor to get the candle money they needed without feeling great embarrassment.
For more reasons for the custom to give Chanukah gelt, see Why the Gelt? (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/103084)


What does Dreidel mean?
Dreidel is a Yiddish word which comes from the word "drei," which means to turn, or spin. The dreidel is a specially designed spinning top used for Chanukah games.


What is a Dreidel?
Dreidel is Yiddish for a spinning top. A dreidel is a pointed, four-sided top which can be made to spin on its pointed base. Dreidels are normally made of plastic or wood, though there are silver or glass "designer dreidels" available on the market, usually intended for display purposes. It is customary to play dreidel games on the holiday of Chanukah.
There is a Hebrew letter embossed or printed on each of the dreidel's four sides. These four letters form the acronym of the phrase: "Nes gadol hayah sham," "A great miracle happened there"; a reference to the Chanukah miracle (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/102978) that transpired in the Land of Israel.
The dreidel, known in Hebrew as a sevivon, dates back to the time of the Greek-Syrian rule over the Holy Land—which set off the Maccabean revolt that culminated in the Chanukah miracle. Learning Torah was outlawed by the enemy, a "crime" punishable by death. The Jewish children resorted to hiding in caves in order to study. If a Greek patrol would approach, the children would pull out their tops and pretend to be playing a game.
By playing dreidel during Chanukah we are reminded of the courage of those brave children.
See our Dreidel Wizard (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/597253) for traditional dreidel game rules.


Is there any significance to the blue and white Chanukah candles?
None whatsoever. Chanukah candles can be any color, shape or size (provided that they burn for the minimum half hour, or one and a half hours on Friday night).
The colored candles are apparently a desire to add an aesthetic touch to the holiday, and perhaps make it more appealing to the children.
And certain manufacturers decided to give Chanukah a unique color theme, too. The blue and white of the Israeli flag appealed to them, and thus the reason for the proliferation of blue and white Chanukah candles.


In what order do we light the candles?
On the first night of Chanukah, set one candle to the far right of the menorah. On the following night add a second light to the left of the first one, and then add one light each night of Chanukah—moving from right to left.
Each night, light the newest (left-most) candle first and continue lighting from left to right. In other words, we add lights to the menorah from right to left, we light from left to right.


What is the ninth candle for?
The ninth candle is called the "shamash" or "attendant" candle. It is used to light the other ones.
Click here (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/597119) for more about the shamash.
For more on the deeper significance of the shamash, see The Lamplighter (http://www.chabad.org/article.htm/AID/1124).


Is it okay to use an electric Menorah?
Electric menorahs are great for display purposes, and are a wonderful medium for publicizing the Chanukah miracle. But the Chanukah lights used to fulfill the mitzvah should be real flames fueled by wax or oil – like the flames in the Holy Temple.
Consult with your rabbi if you find yourself under extenuating circumstances that do not allow for lighting a candle or oil menorah.
http://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cdo/aid/605036/jewish/Chanukah-FAQs.htm#q1

If the Chanukah FAQ's are too long to read here is a another fun Chanukah video:

http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=52774&d=1197263144 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXKptAeV7S4)
Again just click on the image to see the YouTube.

RAV TUX
December 10th, 2007, 06:42 AM
Here are Chanukah greetings from NBA stars

http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=52777&d=1197265214 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STXCPg-PHhE)
Again just click on the image to see the YouTube Video

Lostincyberspace
December 10th, 2007, 06:59 AM
How about this?

The Chanukah Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Hmr5YOewww&feature=related)

PmDematagoda
December 10th, 2007, 07:26 AM
Hey thanks a lot guys, especially RAV TUX:).

I wish everyone a Happy Chanukah:lolflag:.

RAV TUX
December 11th, 2007, 02:58 AM
How about this?

The Chanukah Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Hmr5YOewww&feature=related)

There are actually 3 different versions of that song that Adam Sandler sang and released:

The Chanukah Song (Part 2) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoKG_4g5bNc)

The Chanukah Song (Part 3) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkWjCVK5PgU)


Hey thanks a lot guys, especially RAV TUX:).

I wish everyone a Happy Chanukah:lolflag:.

Good Welcome!!!!

Happy Chanukah!!! to all ! I hope you are enjoying your 8 crazy nights! ;)

Kingsley
December 12th, 2007, 01:37 AM
I thought of you when I watched this, Rav Tux.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oYDBtCN-hk

yabbadabbadont
December 12th, 2007, 01:41 AM
As a cousin of mine likes to say:

Have a Happy Happy, and a Merry Merry.

:D

djsroknrol
December 12th, 2007, 01:44 AM
I am surprised it is the sixth day of Chanukah and no one has posted a Happy Chanukah! Thread

Happy Chanukah!

To all people of all beliefs, Peace and Love to All!

What can you do on Chanukah? Try the Ubuntu Hebrew Remix (http://www.cafelinux.org/distropedia/node/184).
http://shlomil.blogspot.com/2007/11/ubuntu-hebrew-remix.html

http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=52748&d=1197248162

Chanukah: Basic Concepts and Laws (http://www.torah.org/learning/yomtov/chanukah/chanbasics.html)

Candle Lighting Blessings (http://www.torah.org/learning/yomtov/chanukah/brachos.html)

All About Chanukah (http://www.torah.org/learning/yomtov/chanukah/)




And to you and yours as well Rav...Shalom

RAV TUX
December 12th, 2007, 06:44 AM
I thought of you when I watched this, Rav Tux.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oYDBtCN-hk

Funny ;)


As a cousin of mine likes to say:

Have a Happy Happy, and a Merry Merry.

:DA Happy Merry to you!


And to you and yours as well Rav...ShalomShalom...and Happy Chanukah!

Here's another funny Chanukah Video:
"Chocolate Coins" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8HvhJ5Os6w)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8HvhJ5Os6w

PurposeOfReason
December 12th, 2007, 06:48 AM
Happy Hour!
:guitar:
Isn't for another six hours here. ;)

RAV TUX
December 12th, 2007, 06:51 AM
Happy Eighth day of Chanukah to all!

http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=52976&d=1197438419


Chanukah - Why Eight Days?


by Rabbi Yehudah Prero

In the last post, we discussed the background history of Chanukah. We mentioned that only one flask of pure oil which still bore the unbroken seal of the High Priest was found in the Temple. Hashem performed a miracle, and this flask of oil which should only have lasted for one day was able to be used to light the Menorah in the Temple for eight days, until which time no additional pure oil was available.
Therefore, we celebrate eight days of Chanukah. The Bais Yosef, a commentator on the Tur Shulchan Aruch, asks (in Orech Chayim 670) a question that has been termed by many as "The Bais Yosef's Question" on Chanukah, due to the popularity of the question which emerged becuase of the seeming simplicity of the question, the large number of answers offered to resolve the question and the discussion surrounding these answers. He asks why Chanukah is eight days long. If there was enough oil in the flask that was found to last one day, then the miracle of the oil lasting for was really only a miracle for the latter seven of the eight days. Yet, we know that we celebrate Chanukah for eight days! What is the reason behind the eight day celebration that we have?
The Bais Yosef himself offers three approaches:

1. Those who were preparing the Menorah for lighting knew that it would take eight days until new oil could be obtained. They therefore divided the flask into eight parts, so that at least the Menorah would be lit every day, albeit not for the entire day. A miracle occurred and the small amount of oil that was placed in the Menorah each day lasted an entire day. Hence, there was a miracle on the first day as well.

2. On the first night, the contents of the flask were emptied into the Menorah. This would enable the Menorah to be lit for one entire day. However, after filling the Menorah, it was discovered that the flask miraculously was still full. This miracle repeatedly occurred for each of the days. Hence, there was a miracle on each of the eight days.

3. On the first night, the entire contents of the flak were emptied into the Menorah. This would enable the Menorah to be lit for an entire day. When the Menorah was checked on in the morning, it was discovered that none of the oil burned up, and the Menorah was still full, although the flame was lit. This miracle occurred for each of the days. Hence, the first day when the oil did not burn up was miraculous as well.

Many other answers have been proposed. The P'ri Chodosh writes that we do not celebrate the first day of Chanukah because of the miracle of the oil. We celebrate the first day in commemoration of the miraculous victory by the Jews in the wars waged against Antiochus and his troops. The Aruch HaShulchan mentions a number of reasons. He writes that the Mitzvah of Bris Milah (circumcision) was forbidden under the reign of Antiochus, and after the military victory, the Jews were once again able to openly perform this commandment. In order to commemorate the fact that we were able to resume performing this commandment which occurs on the eighth day of a baby boy's life, we have eight days of Chanukah. Another reason he gives is that the Medrash tells us that the construction of the Mishkan (The Tabernacle, which was the equivalent of the Temple, and built while the Jews were in the desert after leaving Egypt) was completed on the 25th day of Kislev. However, the Mishkan was not "dedicated" until the month of Nissan, the month in which our forefathers were born. Hashem, in order to "make up" the loss of a holiday to the month of Kislev, caused the miracle of Chanukah and the rededication of the Temple occur in Kislev. As the dedication of the Mishkan and the beginning of the service lasted eight days, we too celebrate for eight days. In fact, the name "Chanukah" means "dedication," to allude to this aspect of the celebration. (As an aside, the name Chanukah can also be read as a combination of the two words "Chanu k'h" which means "they rested on the 25th" - an allusion to the "resting" that occurred after the Jews were victorious in their battles.)
http://www.torah.org/learning/yomtov/chanukah/5755/vol1no58.html?print=1

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!! HAPPY DAY!! PEACE AND LOVE TO ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE!!

PEACE & LOVE FOR ALL MANKIND EVERYWHERE!!

RAV TUX
December 12th, 2007, 08:29 AM
Funny ;)
Here's another funny Chanukah Video:
"Chocolate Coins" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8HvhJ5Os6w)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8HvhJ5Os6w

Edit: to this post I accidentally made the wrong link. ;)

OK this link is all good, cool video and song.

"Chocolate Coins" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8HvhJ5Os6w)


Also, as Chanukah comes to an end and if you wonder what us Jews do on Christmas, "Atom and His Package"
have answered this question:
Atom and His Package - What we do on Christmas (http://jozefmazeltov.multiply.com/music/item/14/Atom_and_His_Package_-_What_we_do_on_Christmas)
The song is here (http://images.jozefmazeltov.multiply.com/playlist/13/14/full/U2FsdGVkX1-0kQGYvyGbzkeDlKR-bPci9CzTHM4a48WkhTJEawxgsw==/Atom%20and%20His%20Package%20-%20What%20we%20do%20on%20Christmas.m3u?nmid=722043 83), and the Lyrics are here (http://jozefmazeltov.multiply.com/music/item/14/Atom_and_His_Package_-_What_we_do_on_Christmas).

rockinlinux
December 12th, 2007, 02:42 PM
im not jewish or anyhting, but happy Chanukah to you all!

I just wanted to say a few days ago i was in jerusalem, and it was so neat during Chanukah. Even most of the taxis had the candle lights (sorry i forgot what they are called).

but anyways, just thought i would share, and a great season to you all! :)

also want to ad that i think Hebrew is the coolest language ever and i want to learn it so bad. :)

RAV TUX
December 13th, 2007, 03:44 AM
im not jewish or anyhting, but happy Chanukah to you all!

I just wanted to say a few days ago i was in jerusalem, and it was so neat during Chanukah. Even most of the taxis had the candle lights (sorry i forgot what they are called).

but anyways, just thought i would share, and a great season to you all! :)

also want to ad that i think Hebrew is the coolest language ever and i want to learn it so bad. :)

Thanks, Happy Chanukah back to you even though your not Jewish. No reason all people can't celebrate Chanukah!!!

I was in Jerusalem last summer and Jerusalem is the coolest city in the world any time of year. I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Jerusalem!

Amsterdam used to be my favorite city internationally until I went to Jerusalem. Jerusalem Rocks!

As far as learning Hebrew, I find the easiest way to learn any foreign language is to use it daily, Using Hebrew on your desktop is the most fun and interesting way to learn Hebrew. You can easily do this now with Ubuntu Hebrew Remix (http://www.cafelinux.org/distropedia/node/184).

Have a wonderful day, week, month, year, lifetime!

All the best to you in all ways!

buccaneere
December 13th, 2007, 04:08 AM
...and happy CHRISTmas too!

He's the reason for the holyiday.

rockinlinux
December 13th, 2007, 08:30 AM
Thanks, Happy Chanukah back to you even though your not Jewish. No reason all people can't celebrate Chanukah!!!

I was in Jerusalem last summer and Jerusalem is the coolest city in the world any time of year. I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Jerusalem!

Amsterdam used to be my favorite city internationally until I went to Jerusalem. Jerusalem Rocks!

As far as learning Hebrew, I find the easiest way to learn any foreign language is to use it daily, Using Hebrew on your desktop is the most fun and interesting way to learn Hebrew. You can easily do this now with Ubuntu Hebrew Remix (http://www.cafelinux.org/distropedia/node/184).

Have a wonderful day, week, month, year, lifetime!

All the best to you in all ways!

It is the coolest city in the world....i would love to live there. actually Israel in general rocks. :)

RAV TUX
December 13th, 2007, 05:53 PM
It is the coolest city in the world....i would love to live there. actually Israel in general rocks. :)
That is my dream as well to live in Jerusalem, Israel one day. ;)

rockinlinux
December 13th, 2007, 06:48 PM
well maybe we can meet ther someday and start a Israeli ubuntu club if there is not one already! :)

RAV TUX
December 14th, 2007, 12:46 AM
well maybe we can meet ther someday and start a Israeli ubuntu club if there is not one already! :)That would be cool. :guitar: