Chassidic Masters on Chanuka and Purim
The Chassidic masters always engaged in finding the “Penimiyut” (the essence) of every holiday enlighten every festival, but have a special connection with Chanukah and Purim. One might assume because these holidays do not originate explicitly from the Torah, that they would be less important, but nothing could be farther from the truth.
Chassidic Masters on Chanuka and Purim: Lesson 1
Why Does the Story of Chanukah Appear with the Chapter on Shabbat Candles…?: …And not in Menachot where we talk about the Menorah in the Temple? Or in Bava Kama where Chanukah is actually mentioned in the Mishnah? What’s the connection between Shabbat candles and Shabbat Chanukah? The Peri Tzadik brings the question, and offers an answer. Prepare to be enlightened.
Chassidic Masters on Chanuka and Purim: Lesson 2
…the affirmation of Torah Sheb’al Peh. The unique relationship of the Jewish people to her oral tradition is as mysterious as it is profound. This is embodied in the miracle of the oil, an event that was not borne out of necessity, but of, of, of, what exactly? This and other fish will be fried by the Peri Tzadik, Rav Tzadok Hakohen.
Chassidic Masters on Chanuka and Purim: Lesson 3
Finishing the Peri Tzadik and on to the Sefat Emet: We will go from understanding how Chanukah is the celebration of Torah She B’al Peh to realizing the meaning and the difference between giving the diminishing nature of giving thanks להודות and the expansive aspects of giving praise להלל. The internal dimensions of of Chanukah will give everyone something to think about, and cherish.
Chassidic Masters on Chanuka and Purim: Lesson 5
More from Sefat Emet and then on to the Kedushat Levy: Who knew that there was so much to say about Chanukah? Not only have we learned about Aharon as the father of Torah She B’al Peh, but that Chanukah itself is a turning point in our consciousness containing two contrasting ideas–the expansiveness of praise, Hallel, and the retractiveness of thanks, Hodot. Tonight we continue to explore more threads from both the Sefat Emet, and Kedushat Levy. More to think about. Eight days is hardly enough!
Chassidic Masters on Chanuka and Purim: Lesson 6
Chassidic Masters on Chanuka and Purim: Lesson 7
More than a hyper performing flask and a military victory…: Chanukah in chassidut has little to do with Maccabees, and even the Talmudic miracle doesn’t seem to evoke chassidic headlines. What grabs attention is the war of ideas–the attempt of Antiochus to eradicate Torah She b’al Peh–the essence of Jewish identity. Today, as always, the most strongly identified Jews are profoundly connected to Torah Sheb’al Peh. Those who identiy as Jews, but not with this tradition are literally speaking a different language. The Sefat Emet, evoking the Maharal explains why this is, and we will understand how this understanding is relevant today. The last class on Chanukah before we start Purim, don’t miss it.
Chassidic Masters on Chanuka and Purim: Lesson 8
Both Chanukah and Purim are not in the Torah–why should we celebrate them…: …and how are they different from each other? Chanukah has Hallel, Purim doesn’t. Purim is canonical while Chanukah isn’t. The Sefat Emet compares and contrasts these holy days–each one with its own unique power. Last night this year to learn about Chanukah with a little taste of Purim coming up. As the last of the latkes are digesting, how about an aftertaste of Torah?
Chassidic Masters on Chanuka and Purim: Lesson 9
The Eternity of Purim: From a literal reading of a verse in Megillat Esther, the sages learn that Purim will exist beyond this world, a distinction shared with no other holiday with the possible exception of Yom Kippur. What makes Purim so special? Some Chasidic masters weigh in and attempt to uncover why a humanly decreed holiday merits such distinction.
Chassidic Masters on Chanuka and Purim: Lesson 10
Finishing up Rav Zadok before Semester Break: Time for a winter reflection. How Purim helps eradicate the Yetzer Hara, and the two aspects of memory that are related to this holiday. Something to ponder over break and something to prepare as we learn more chassidus on Purim and Pesach next semester