Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving Days, and The Ten Branched Menorah

My weekly parashah lectures and halachah column for this past פרשת צו discussed the establishment of days of thanksgiving, as well as other rituals of thanksgiving. One fascinating practice that I discussed in the lectures is the custom of some Syrian Jews, of Sephardic extraction, to kindle an extra light on each night of חנוכה. […]

To Be A Free People In Our Land

There is a major dispute among the Poskim of the last half-century or so over the proper location for the lighting of the נרות חנוכה in modern day Israel, as well as the more liberal and religiously tolerant regions of the Diaspora. Some maintain that the Halachah reverts back to its original prescription of the […]