Weekly Freebies: Chanukah Musings

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Enjoy this Chanukah e-book as you spin your dreidel, eat latkes and learn Torah: link (PDF)

Chanukah Musings

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About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.


  1. Once again, the Rambam’s son never says what you attribute to him. He says that his father held that the arms were straight as you can see from the drawing. From the text, it seems clear that he never discussed this with his father and has just as much evidence (or lack thereof) as we do. If that’s your only proof that the Rambam held it, you need to retract.

    In any event, what does it matter? Granted, the Rambam is the Rambam, but even if he did hold that way, he would be a da’at yachid (with the possible, but unlikely, addition of Rashi) in the face of not only every other authority (none of whom, him included, it should be stressed, ever saw the Menorah), but of the mounds of evidence we have from the time of the Mikdash and people who *did* see the Menorah. I suppose that not being charedi means occasionally saying that, yes, simply, X (even the Rambam!) got it wrong.

  2. Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of in Teaneck, 2009 December 7:
    …the eternal lesson of Chanukah in every generation:
    That we never despair, that even at the darkest moments…

  3. Thanks for sharing Chanukah Musings ebook.

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