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Category: Chanukka

The Chinukh of Chanukka

Since Chanukka and Purim reference toward the future, R. Luria associates them with Mashiach ben David, and the 7th marriage blessing when “the woman of valor becomes the crown to her husband.” R. Luria brings fascinating evidence of the gender shifts that weave through the messianic lineage and narrative.
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Chanukka—Harbinger of Messianic Gender Shifts to Come

Since Chanukka and Purim reference toward the future, R. Luria associates them with Mashiach ben David, and the 7th marriage blessing when “the woman of valor becomes the crown to her husband.” R. Luria brings fascinating evidence of the gender shifts that weave through the messianic lineage and narrative.
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ZOT CHANUKKA–A TRIBUTE TO THE SHEKHINA

The kabbalists read into Chanukka’s eight days, a journey of progressive tikun down through the sefirot from Binah to Malchut. Curiously, Binah associates with the higher Shekhina called Ima (literally, Mother) and Malchut associates with the lower Shekhina called Nukba (literally, Woman). Chanukka thus begins and ends on a feminine note. The first candle (of Binah) accompanies all the subsequent lights, and its last candle (of Malchut) gets honored with a name of its own—Zot Chanukka­—(in part) because it enacts the last frame of the Shekhina’s moonlike odyssey (as we shall see).
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A Chanukka Meditation from the Zohar

This Chanukka teaching is dedicated to Yaku, daughter of Heltcha: “Thank you for
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The Menorah: Secret of Ruach HaKodesh

Chanukka 2016 / 5777 Sarah Yehudit Schneider Make a menorah out of pure gold. The
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“These Lights are Holy…”: An Instruction for Meditatioin

Chanukka (2015 / 5776) Sarah Yehudit Schneider Based on teachings by R. Tsadok
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“…Until there are no stragglers in the marketplace.”

Sarah Yehudit Schneider   When is the time for lighting Chanukka candles? The
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Chanukka and the Feminine

by Sarah Yehudit Schneider In Jewish symbology, the masculine archetype conflates with the
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Paradox — A Hanukkah Dilemma

Hanukkah teaches us how to survive exile and how to accomplish the purpose
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Hillel says to move toward many; Shammai says to move toward one

Chanukah, 2012 / 5773 Inspired by R. Tsadok HaKohen, Resisei Laila, 56 and
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On Chanukka Everyone’s a High Priest

A Chanukha Teaching–2011 Based on R. Tsadok Hakohen, Pri Tsadik – Chanuka #1
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The Inner Search for Pure Oil

Sarah Yehudit Schneider   Among the various categories of mitzvot are those that
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Chanukkah, Greece and Democracy

5769 / 2008 Sarah Yehudit Schneider There is no person or nation that
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