Nights of Chanukah

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nights of chanukahGreat song by the Yehiva Boys Choir:

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Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, 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 has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He 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.

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  1. I don’t mean to be the Grinch of Hanuka and wonder if it’s just the fact that I watch this from my home in Israel but the messages of this video and song resonated negatively with me. My immediate thoughts on watching this video and listening to this song for the first time are how the American yeshivish experience has transformed Hanuka into a commercialized Jewish version of Christmas with the emphasis on gifts and family gatherings. While certainly Hanuka is rooted in the home as the basic obligation is on the household (ner ish u’beito), the primary focus of the holiday is to publicize the miracle of the Hasmonean victory over the Syrian-Greeks and the rededication of the 2nd Temple in Jerusalem; accordingly, the candles are to be lit outdoors in order to publicly broadcast the miracles of the holiday, and only due to subsequent anti-semitism was the practice outside of Israel changed to light the candles indoors. The song clearly picks up on this revised practice and IMHO reduces the holiday to a celebration of family memories and utterly foregoes the primary messages that are not domestic but deeply religious and proud on a nationalistic level steeped in the love of the Land of Israel, God and His Torah.

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