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הרב יוסף בן פורת פרשת ויגש, כב’ כסלו, תשס’ט

 02.12.2013

איך אפשר לפתור את כל השאלות של החיים? זאת ועוד נוכל ללמוד מפגישתם של האחים הקדושים עם יוסף, ונביא בהרחבה את נושא היסורים והניסים שעושה לנו הקב”ה השכם והערב ועל ניסיך שבכל יום עימנו.

הידברות-הרב יונה מצגר-דרך הפרשה-פרשת ויגש

פרשת ויגש
הרב הראשי הרב יונה מצגר בפינה קצרה ויחודית לערוץ הידברות במסר מיוחד מפרשת השבוע

הידברות, הרב יונה מצגר, הרב מצגר, יונה מצגר, מצגר, שבת ופרשת השבוע, שבת, פרשת השבוע, פרשה, חומש בראשית, חומש, בראשית, ספר בראשית, פרשת ויגש, ויגש, דרך הפרשה, יהודה, תורה, hidabroot, torah, religion, bereishit, parshah, vayigash

הרב זמיר כהן – הרואה את הנולד,פרשת ויגש.

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פרשת ויגש        הרב שלמה יעקב ביטון

פרשת ויגש, כשיש קשיים צריכים לזכור ש”אני יוסף”.

 02.12.2013

איך אפשר לפתור את כל השאלות של החיים? זאת ועוד נוכל ללמוד מפגישתם של האחים הקדושים עם יוסף, ונביא בהרחבה את נושא היסורים והניסים שעושה לנו הקב”ה השכם והערב ועל ניסיך שבכל יום עימנו.

פרשת מקץ חלק ב’ סוד הזיכרון והשכחה, מאת רבי דוד קורן קרן אור ללימודי הקבלה

02.12.2013

לחץ לקישור זה האתר הגדול והמוביל בעולם בידע קבלי אמין מהזוהר,http://www.keren-or.org.il/
מעל 100.000 דפי פולוי של ידע נדיר, מ120 ספרי קבלה וזוהר באתר שלנו,
סוד האותיות, אסטרולוגיה, גלגולי נשמות, חכמת תווי הפנים ועסקים, רפואה על פי הקבלה, תלמוד עשר הספירות, סודות ספר היצירה, תהילים, משלי, קהלת שיר השירים, כל סודות החגים וההלכות, ועוד’

דבר מלכות פרשת וישב הרב יוסי גינזבורג

עוף גוזל – נתי רביץ ואביחי פז גרינוולד שרים לזכרו של אריק איינשטיין

 01.12.2013

עוף גוזל – נתי רביץ ואביחי פז גרינוולד שרים לזכרו של ז”ל מתוך תוכנית עונג שבת בערוץ הידברות

ויגש 1 Vayigash, הרב זאב שטיינמץ – להורות לפניו גושנה

ויגש 2 Vayigash,הרב זאב שטיינמץ – יעקב אבינו ירד מצריימה בקוי המהדרין

ויגש 3 Vayigash, הרב זאב שטיינמץ – ולאביו שלח מטוב מצרים

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Parashat Vayigash Languages Yiddish

Rabbi Yoel Roth Shlit”a Rosh Yeshiva of “TIFERETH HATORAH” Parshas

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האדמור מספינקא מוצאי זאת חנוכה, ב’ טבת, תש’ע

 26.11.2013

כנסו לערוץ תירשמו ותהנו מכל העידכונים – אל תשכחו גם להגיב

הרב יצחק פנגר – השפעת החנוכה.

 02.12.2013

מה ההשפעות הגדולות שכל כך מדברים עליהם בחג החנוכה?

התוועדות חנוכה תשעד

 02.12.2013

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מתוך השיעור השבועי “פסיכולוגיה יהודית בפרשת השבוע”
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Chanukah Medley performed by the London Jewish Male Choir

01.12.2012

Some fun for Channukah, we’ve created this medley of American satirical songs which feature the festival of lights.

* First up is Feast of Lights by American alternative rock band They Might be Giants.

* Then we have comedian Adam Sandler’s famous Channukah song, with some of the lyrics altered to make them more English!

* Then we have poor Kyle Broflovski from animated sitcom South Park lamenting being a Jew at Christmas.

* Finally we have Channukah in Santa Monica by singer-songwriter Tom Lehrer!

Enjoy!

* Filmed at the New West End Synagogue – 18th December 2011
* Live concert to celebrate 85 Years of the London Jewish Male Choir
* In conjunction with the London Jewish Cultural Centre

Musical Director: Michael Etherton
Accompanist: Leo Nicholson
Arranged by: Joseph Finlay

Visit our website at http://www.ljmc.org.uk

VOICES: What One Menorah Lighting Can Do

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  Voices
What One Menorah Lighting Can Do
Kislev 30, 5774 · December 3, 2013

There was always something about lighting a menorah. Even when I was in foster homes as an adolescent, it was something I wanted to do. Maybe it was knowing that my ancestors did the exact same thing, or that millions of people all over the world were staring at the candles too. Or maybe it was just that candlelight is so warming when the ground outside is covered in snow. I’m not sure, but I certainly never expected that lighting a menorah would have any impact on my day-to-day existence.

Nearly three years ago I decided to drop Judaism entirely. I was fed up with the entire venture. The temple I attended was costly and uninviting, not at all what I had expected. There would be no community to raise my daughter with, no traditions to pass on to her. Needless

I decided to drop Judaism entirely

to say, I was a little bitter about the whole thing.

But, of course, every year I lit a menorah. When my daughter was old enough to appreciate it, I decorated the house with Chanukah flags and garlands, window stickers and crafts. Maybe at some point in her life she too would enjoy the feeling of comfort and safety that I got from the flickering candles.

The temple with which I dropped membership proceedings still sent me a newsletter occasionally, and that year I saw that various synagogues were holding public menorah lightings around the county. A giant menorah! Perfect! I dressed up my little girl in a pretty blue dress and built her anticipation to see a menorah as tall as a tree.

It turned out to be less dramatic than I had hoped—just a few people had gathered to see the lighting. Some homeless men were milling around. There was talk of free latkes and hot drinks in a nearby building afterwards, but as soon as the lighting was over I scooped up my daughter and made a dash for the car. My exodus was interrupted the rabbi. He introduced himself and gave my daughter a little menorah necklace.

“Do you belong to a synagogue?” he asked.

“No,” I replied. The memory of the other temples I had been to, their high fees and constant focus on what my occupation is, rather than who my daughter and I are, made me suspicious of this rabbi. Does this one want twice the cost of my medical insurance for my daughter to play around his children?

The rabbi told me the address of his synagogue. I narrowed my eyes. ”And how much does it cost?”

His face lit up. “This is why I do this,” he said. He told me there were no membership fees. I was astounded.

So I went to the local Chabad Lubavitch. Yes, it was awkward. There was a definite language barrier, and I often had trouble following the service. But the people were friendly, and I didn’t have to sign

There were no membership fees. I was astounded

a contract to be there. So I went back again, even though going to a Chabad synagogue if you weren’t raised in the world of Judaism is like diving before you learn to swim.

After some coaxing, the rabbi’s wife, Devorah, convinced me to sign up my daughter for Sunday Hebrew school. On the first day, they were having a shofarfactory. The smell of power drills running into animal bones and shellac was awful, but my daughter loved it. She looked around wide-eyed at the other kids, made a friend, and was fascinated with the shofar she shellacked. I was sold.

On my way out, the rabbi said to me, “Look what one menorah lighting can do.” I smiled, but didn’t think much of it.

Time has gone by, and now I can’t forget the rabbi’s words. Yes, when I attend a service I still prefer to hide in the kids’ room, where I have some idea what I’m doing (mostly staring at the fish tank), and most of my agnostic-style views haven’t changed, but plenty has. My daughter finished a year in Hebrew school and is learning a new language. She is so proud of all her projects, and so happy with the friends she has made.

Because she enjoyed Hebrew school so much, I enrolled her in the Chabad preschool. She loves her teachers, and I’m glad that she’s in such capable hands. She has developed socially and gained a bit more confidence. After more coaxing from Devorah, she even attended summer camp. So much has changed in our routine, changes that will be there for years to come. She is making memories that she can treasure for life. That is what one menorah lighting can do.

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PARENTING: Being Present

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Being Present
Kislev 30, 5774 · December 3, 2013

I’m one of those women who can’t sit still. I like to be busy—doing things, going places, making things with my hands. I enjoy creating. I enjoy doing.

This past spring my mother in-law became very ill, and like always, I shifted into my “doing” gear: sending e‑mails to friends asking them to pray, getting my husband a ticket to see his mother, calling experts and doctors, arranging for this, taking care of that. The whole spring and summer long, as my husband flew back and forth to be with her, as I tossed and turned in an anguished sleep, as I cried in despair, I kept doing.

“What can I do for you?” I kept asking my husband.

His words knocked me off my feet

One day he answered me, “I don’t want you to do anything. I don’t need you to do anything. I just need you to be present. I want you to be with me, and not do.”

His words knocked me off my feet.

“What do you mean? I’m always here. I’m with you in everything.”

“You’re here physically, but you’re not present. You’re always busy doing something.”

I had to think about his words. They were hard to listen to, but the more that I thought about it, the more I knew that he was right. It’s easy for me to cook and clean, arrange for things and do the shopping, make phone calls and give baths, but it’s not so easy for me to be present while I’m doing these things. I’m serving lunch, but I’m thinking about the laundry. I’m playing a game with my children, and I’m thinking about the client that I need to call or the class that I want to teach. I’m always worrying about this person or that person. My hands are engaged in a thousand activities at any given time, and my head is occupied with a thousand and one different thoughts. He’s right. I’m here, but I’m not here.

There’s really only one time of the year that I’m truly present. It’s Chanukah time. It’s the time after we’ve lit our candles, when I spend a few minutes just gazing into the flames.

On the surface, Chanukah appears to be a very simple holiday. There’s no spring cleaning (yay!), no big meals to cook for, and no major expenses or preparations involved. All you need are some wicks, oil (or candles) and a holder. There are customs to eat oily and dairy foods, and it’s wonderful to play dreidel and sing songs and dance, but really, the only commandment of Chanukah is to light the candles and watch them burn. Pretty simple, right?

The Chanukah story is well known. Many years ago, the Greeks took over the land of Israel. They prohibited the Jews from learning Torah, keeping the Sabbath, performing circumcisions and sanctifying the new month. One man, Mattathias ben Johanan the Priest, stood up against the tyranny and

On the surface, Chanukah appears to be a very simple holiday

the evil decrees and cried, “Whoever is for G‑d, come with me!” A small group of Jews joined him, and they waged war against the numerous Greeks. Miraculously, they won the war. They then went back to the Holy Temple and tried to make order from all the havoc and destruction that the Greeks had caused. They searched and searched for pure, untouched olive oil to light the golden menorah. They found one small flask, a day’s worth of oil. The oil miraculously lasted eight days, and hence we light our menorahs today for eight days in commemoration of the miracle of the oil. But what about the miracle of the war? The weak fighting against the mighty, the few defeating the many?

The miracle of the war is actually also memorialized through the candles that we light.

How is it that the Jews won the war? It was obviously not a logical defeat; their victory would not have been possible if not for G‑d’s hand. So, what was their role? What did they do? They were present. Their battle cry was, “Whoever is for G‑d, come with me!” They were saying, in effect, “G‑d, I’m here. I’m present. I’m with You. No person, no one thing, can distract me or take me away from serving You.”

What does G‑d ask of us when we light our menorahs? A simple thing that’s really not so simple. He wants us to be with Him. He wants us to gaze into the flames. No plans, no worries, no distractions. It’s just Him and us. This is Chanukah. This is the light in the darkness. This is the type of relationship that enhances marriages and brings children closer to their parents. It’s simple and it’s profound. It’s being present.

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WEEKLY STORY: The Heart Necklace

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The Heart Necklace
Kislev 30, 5774 · December 3, 2013
A lesson in tradition

Grandma fingered the delicate silver chain and looked up at me with dewy blue eyes. Pops kindly offered her a tissue, but she declined, instead withdrawing a lace-edged handkerchief from somewhere deep within the confines of her pocket. Ever well-mannered, Grandma managed to turn even nose-blowing into an act of etiquette. She softly blew once, then twice, into her piece of cloth, then dabbed daintily at the remains.

“Are you sure you want to do this, Grandma?” I asked her, with a glance at Pops.

It’s all I’d been told about since I was old enough to understand that word—tradition

“Oh yes,” she said quite firmly, her voice unwavering despite the underlying emotions. “It’s a tradition, you know.”

I did know. It’s all I’d been told about since I was old enough to understand that word—tradition.

Even Pops was looking misty-eyed.

“Now, I was slightly younger than you are, of course. At eighteen, I was barely out of school, you know.” I nodded appropriately, my face a picture of interest and curiosity. I had lost count of the number of times I had heard this story. Each time, Grandma told it as if it had only just happened. Today was special, though. Today, the story actually held significance.

“But times were tough. I wanted to help my father financially, so I took a job at a clothing factory nearby. It was twelve hours a day sitting by a sewing machine, but who cared then? It was wartime, you know?”

Yes. Wartime. My head bobbed accordingly.

“Then the bombing began. First the Germans bombed the schools, then the hospitals, then the factories! No more work, not for me, not for Father, not for your great-uncle Harry and not for my sister Roberta, G‑d rest her soul. Poppa wanted to move to the country, but who had the money for that? No money, no move, you know?”

Uh-huh. I smiled sadly. Pops winked at me from his position on the kitchen table.

“Then Momma said, why don’t we sell my jewelry? That will fetch enough money for the fare to the country, and maybe even a little cottage. So, Poppa gathered the diamond ring, the gold bangles, the pearl earrings with their matching bracelet—and the heart necklace.”

I gasped, as I do every time at this point in the story, and Grandma raised her eyebrows in grave approval.

“Poppa took Momma with him to the pawnshop and laid everything out on the counter. One by one, the pawnbroker weighed the items to discern their value. But when he picked up the heart necklace—Momma suddenly let out a shout, ‘No!’”

“No?”

“It skipped a generation; the pattern isn’t perfect. But does it matter?”

“‘No!’ Momma grabbed the necklace out of the pawnbroker’s clammy hands. ‘It’s been in the family for four generations,’ she said, clutching it to her chest, ‘passed on from grandmother to granddaughter on the day of their wedding. This one,’ she said sternly, having regained her composure, ‘stays with me!’”

“She kept it?”

“She did!” Grandma’s face fell somewhat. “Sadly, Momma died two years later from double pneumonia, and when we divided up her possessions, I got the necklace.”

Her blue eyes gazed into mine. “It skipped a generation; the pattern isn’t perfect. But does it matter?”

“No,” I whispered.

“You know, Dorothy”—she never called me Dobra, even though Mum and Pops had learned to use the name quite naturally now—“you’re not the oldest granddaughter. There’s your cousin Charlotte, of course, and Rosalyn, her sister. But times have changed, Dorothy.” She looked sad. “How long has that Jeremy boy been dating our Char? Three years now?”

“Something like that,” Pops said heartily, eyeing me with undeniable pride.

“You, Dorothy—you turned into someone my grandmother would have been proud of. Even Momma, though she kept very little, would have understood enough to know you’ve made some good choices, my darling.”

Her hands trembling now, she unfastened the silver chain.

“Ha-yim . . .”

I smiled. “Chaim.”

“Chayeem. He will make you happy. I can feel it, you know.”

I turned around so that my back was facing her, and my eyes fastened on the wall. There hung a picture of my great-grandmother on her wedding day, staring solemnly at the camera, flanked by her religious-looking parents. They most definitely did not look approving of her uncovered hair and low-cut neckline, where the heart lay just before the dress began. My hand traced its way up the lacy cream pattern of my dress to skim the collarbone, neatly covered by the lace finish. I fingered the silver heart that now rested against my chest, separated only by a thin layer of material. It felt like the heart was embedding itself into my body, engraving its message onto my very skin.

Grandma came round to stand beside me, and Pops lowered himself off the table to flank my other side. Together, we gazed at the picture on the wall.

“It’s been through a lot, but we still have it, don’t we?” Soft tears were falling down her cheeks, caressing her wrinkles

“It’s been through a lot, but we still have it, don’t we?” Soft tears were falling down her cheeks, caressing her wrinkles.

“We always will,” Pops said gruffly, uncomfortably shifting the white kippah that graced his head like fresh snow atop a mountain.

“Thank you, Grandma,” I managed, my vision suddenly blurry.

She squeezed my arm and pointed to the frame again. “It’s tradition. Traditions somehow pull through. There’s no stopping tradition, you know?”

Slowly, a smile spread across my face until I was positively beaming. “You’re right,” I said, thinking of Chaim and his warm smile, his endearing beard, the singsong of his learning. “It’s tradition. And there’s no stopping tradition.”

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There’s an 1899 German postcard that depicts a trio of “Glucksschwein,” Jews dressed up as pigs, which is a visual pun on the meaning of the word (it means “lucky charms” and “lucky pigs”). A 1907 cartoon touts the “competition of fierce animals, division of misers, first prize” to an effeminate-looking mouse that bears striking similarity to Art Spiegelman’s creation.

Some of these items you can easily picture people laughing at, like a novelty postcard in a downtown dollar-store today. Others, like a Jew using a machine to squeeze money out of gentiles, are more sinister. And some are out-and-out propaganda, like a 1910 nursery-rhyme—a long nursery rhyme—about a Jewish boy who begs his father for an umbrella, then is horrified that they must pay for it. As a historical document, Hatemail is rare, surreal and valuable.

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UK Kindertransport survivors share stories: Britain offered haven for Jewish kids fleeing Nazis

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Buenos Aires Hanukkah Food and Music Festival: Argentina home to large Jewish community

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Israel asks Germany to keep art with Jews

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Saturday, Dec. 7: Park Synagogue’s Gesher Group presents “Good to the Last Drop Coffeehouse” with Chuck Fink, 7:30-10 p.m., Park Synagogue East, 27500 Shaker Blvd., Pepper Pike. $20. Reservations required by Dec. 2. 216-371-2244 ext.122 or epetler@parksyn.org.

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Inspired by faith… we can change the world (8 Thoughts for 8 Nights, Chanukah 5772) (1/8)

 15.12.2011

The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has recorded “8 Thoughts for 8 Nights” – a series of short videos for Chanukah 5772. This video features the music “Candlelight” with the kind permission of the Maccabeats.

Twenty-two centuries ago, when Israel was under the rule of the empire of Alexander the Great, one particular leader, Antiochus IV, decided to force the pace of Hellenisation, forbidding Jews to practice their religion and setting up in the Temple in Jerusalem a statue of Zeus Olympus.

This was too much to bear, and a group of Jews, the Maccabees, fought for their religious freedom, winning a stunning victory against the most powerful army of the ancient world. After three years they reconquered Jerusalem, rededicated the Temple and relit the menorah with the one cruse of undefiled oil they found among the wreckage.

It was one of the most stunning military achievements of the ancient world. It was, as we say in our prayers, a victory of the few over the many, the weak over the strong. It’s summed up in wonderful line from the prophet Zechariah: not by might nor by strength but by my spirit says the Lord. The Maccabees had neither might nor strength, neither weapons nor numbers. But they had a double portion of the Jewish spirit that longs for freedom and is prepared to fight for it.

Never believe that a handful of dedicated people can’t change the world. Inspired by faith, they can. The Maccabees did then. So can we today. Happy Chanukah. Chanukah sameach.

Hanukkah story on stage: the Yeladudes Theater presents ‘The Hanukkah Miracle’

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Musa Berlin Clarinet Klezmer Hassidic Nigunim

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CHASSIDIC DIMENSION: “This is Chanukah” (Chanukah)

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Kislev 29, 5774 · December 2, 2013
Chanukah

“This is Chanukah”

The final day of Chanukah is customarily called Zos Chanukah , “This is Chanukah.”1The simple reason for this name is that the Torah reading for the last day of Chanukah is “Zos chanukas hamizbeiach ,” “This is the dedication of the altar.”2

However, since Jewish custom is itself Torah,3 the saying is to be understood as meaning that this day, as the name implies, “is Chanukah,” i.e., the last day of Chanukah contains what Chanukah is all about.

Why is the eighth day of Chanukah so significant?

We find4 that Bais Shamai and Bais Hillel differed with regard to the manner of kindling the Chanukah lights. Bais Shamai maintained that the lights should be lit in descending order — on the first night, eight lights are lit, on the second night seven, and so on until the final night, when only one light is lit.

Bais Hillel , however, maintains that the lights are lit in ascending order — on the first night one is lit, on the second two, etc., until on the final night all eight lights are lit. The Halacha favors Bais Hillel.

The reason for the disagreement is as follows:5 Bais Shamai is of the opinion that we look at matters as they are in their potential state. Thus, on the first day of Chanukah eight lights are lit, for this day encompasses, in potential, all the days of Chanukah that will follow.

Bais Hillel , however, maintains that we look at things as they exist in actuality. Therefore, the number of lights lit is in accord with the actual number of days of Chanukah — the first day only one light is lit, for in actuality it is but the first day of the festival, and from that day on an additional light is lit each day.

Our Sages relate6 that Chanukah is an acronym for “Eight lights are to be lit, and the law is in accordance with the opinion of Bais Hillel.” That the name of the holiday itself is said to emphasize the opinion of Bais Hillel clearly indicates that on Chanukah particular emphasis is placed on the actual rather than on the potential.

Why?

The argument as to whether one should lean towards potentiality or actuality is in truth a dispute regarding Torah and mitzvos. G-d gave the Jewish people His Torah andmitzvos. Torah and mitzvos therefore reflect aspects of both the Giver and the recipient. We thus find that Torah is not subject to impurity even when studied by an impure individual, for it remains G-d’s Torah.7 On the other hand, a Torah master may forego his own honor, for the Torah is considered to be his property.8

As a result, there are two ways in which Torah is found within this world: reflecting the perspective of the Giver, or reflecting the framework of the receiver, the Jewish people.

Bais Shamai holds the former view. They therefore say that matters of Torah andmitzvos should always be viewed in their potential state, since from the perspective of the Giver, the actual exists with and within the potential.

Bais Hillel , however, is of the opinion that the most important consideration is that Torah and mitzvos affect the Jew as an imperfect created being. Therefore, until a matter has reached fulfillment, nothing has been accomplished — we must look at matters of Torah and mitzvos as they exist in actuality.

If this is so regarding all other aspects of Torah and mitzvos , how much more so with regard to Chanukah, for Chanukah is particularly connected with the recipient. This is because Chanukah differs from all other Torah festivals in that it is of human, Rabbinic origin. Thus, Chanukah in particular reflects Torah and mitzvos from the perspective of the recipient — the aspect of the actual rather than the potential.

It is for this reason that it is only on the final day of Chanukah — when all eight days have been actualized — that we say: “This is Chanukah.”

Compiled from Likkutei Sichos , Vol. XXV, pp. 243-250.

FOOTNOTES
1. See Maamar Boruch Sh’Asah Nissim , Or HaTorahBereishis Vol. V, p. 957 and onward, conclusion of ch. 4.
2. Bamidbar 7:84,88.
3. See Tosafos titled Nifsal, Menachos 20b; MaHaril , quoted in Ramah , Yoreh Deah376:4
4. Shabbos 21b.
5. See also Likkutei Sichos VI , p. 73ff.
6. Avudraham , Seder Hadlokas Neir Chanukah.
7. See Berachos 22a.
8. Kiddushin 32a.
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