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Guiding Lights: Illuminating the Distinctions of the Chanukiah and the Menorah

Rabbi Menachem Leibtag / December 3, 2015

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Does the ‘chanukiah’ simply model the Menorah of the Mishkan -with an extra candle? Our session will begin by comparing the ‘Menorah’ to the other vessels of the Mishkan, in an attempt to ​better understand what it symbolizes. Afterward, we will turn to the prophet Chagai and the book of Macabees to appreciate why the Menorah became the national symbol of the Second Temple period – which will shed light on our Rabbinic tradition of lighting a ‘chanukiah’ on Chanukah.




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Rabbi Menachem Leibtag

Menachem Leibtag is one of the pioneers of Torah education via the internet. He is the founder of Yeshivat Har Etzion’s Virtual Beit Midrash and more recently founded the Tanach Study Center. He also lectures at Midreshet Lindenbaum, MMY, Pardes and Orot College for Women. Click here to access podcasts recorded by Menachem Leibtag.


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