B"H Sunday, 29 Kislev 5775 | December 21 2014
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 A Very Freilechen Chanuka 
Chanuka Licht B'Chatzros Kodsheinu
Chanuka Licht B'Chatzros Kodsheinu
Millions of our brethren will be lighting the first Chanukah candle tonight, while thousands others will be out making sure that no Jew is left in the dark, thanks to the Rebbe's world-wide Mivtza Chanuka ■ more
    
 
Leb'n Mit'n Rebbe
 5752: The Rebbe Joins Live Broadcast 
Photograph: Screen Shot/ JEM Video
Leb'n Mit'n Rebbe: The 5752 "Chanukah Live" international satellite hookup, that united Chanukah celebrations held in New York, Paris, Moscow, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Yerushalayim ■ more
    
 
The Glow of Pure Oil
 Shaarei Chinuch Directive of the Day 
Chinuch Horaah of the Day: The Greek oppression (essentially) sought to eliminate the inherent division between the Jewish people and society at large... The approach of the Greek oppression -to dissolve the division between the Jewish and gentile nations - manifests itself in a similar outlook toward Jewish education, i.e. raising a child to pursue and aspire to live like the gentile society. In truth, the Greek method of oppression poses a far greater threat ■ more
    
 
Mivtza Chanuka 5775
 Dreidels, Gelt & Chanukah Cheer at CSU 
Photograph: The Collegian / McKenzie Coyle
Dreidels to spin, gelt to win and a whole lot of Hanukkah cheer filled the LSC Plaza on Thursday night at Colorado State University’s annual Menorah Lighting celebration.For the seventh year in a row, Northern Colorado’s Chabad Jewish organization partnered up with CSU to bring the celebration of Hanukkah to the University’s campus. Attendants enjoyed traditional Hanukkah foods such as donuts, bagels and chocolate gelt, along with traditional Hanukkah music ■ more
    
 
Mivtza Chanuka 5775
 Chabad of Aspen Hosts 6 Chanukah Events 
Photograph: Lauren Glendenning/The Aspen Times
Two years ago, Rabbi Mendel Mintz and his congregation would throw one or two parties during Hanukkah, but this year, with the opening of a 19,000-square-foot Chabad Jewish Community Center on Main Street, the group is enjoying at least six different events.“Having our own home and seeing the amount of people in it and participating has truly been humbling and amazing,” Mintz said.Among the events was Saturday’s “Fifth Night of Chanukah” with Israeli General Doron Almog ■ more
    
 
Tonight at 8
 MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 48 

MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 48: As the candles of your menorah continues to increase, as you gather with loved ones, family and friends, as the light continues to pierce the darkness, tune in to a new episode of My Life: Chassidus Applied, in which Rabbi Jacobson shares Chanukah anecdotes and insights from the Rebbeim and how they celebrated Chanukah. Discover the unique power of the Chanukah menorah and why it is more powerful than the Temple menorah it commemorates ■ more

    
 
Mivtza Chanuka 5775
 CTVP Warms Hearts of Bereaved Families 
Photograph: Chabad.org
The families of five young IDF soldiers from Jerusalem who were killed this summer in the Gaza war, joined by more than 1,000 Israelis and visitors, gathered near the Jaffa Gate to the Old City on Tuesday night—for a very moving ceremony on the first night of Chanukah.A huge Chanukah menorah was constructed in the Mamila Mall under the direction of Shliach Rabbi Eliyahu Canterman ■ more
    
 
Mivtza Chanuka 5775
 Chicago Mayor Presented with Menorah 
Rabbi Notik presents Mayor Rahm Emanuel with a Menorah. The ribbon cutting ceremony of the Devon Avenue Streetscape project  in Chicago’s West Rogers Park neighborhood was held in front of Synagogue F.R.E.E. on Thursday evening ■ He thanked the mayor for his many efforts on behalf of the project and introduced Executive Director of F.R.E.E. Rabbi Shmuel Notik to present the Mayor with an exquisite  crystal Menorah ■ more
    
 
Mivtza Chanuka 5775
 Chanukah and the Growth of NOAZ Community 
Photograph: KNAU/ Justin Regan

Rabbi Dovie Shapiro addresses a crowd of more than a hundred people at a bowling alley in Flagstaff. They’re here tonight to light the menorah and throw some strikes. Shapiro is currently the only full-time Rabbi in Flagstaff, a city of close to 70,000 people. For the last 9 years, he and his wife Chaya have been building an organized Jewish community. “It’s a labor of love. It’s a lot of work but the rewards are so much more,” said Shapiro ■ more


    
 
Mivtza Chanuka 5775
 Mystery Guest at Lighting in Temecula 
Photograph: Press Enterprise
This year’s menorah lighting ceremony, a Temecula tradition since the late 1990s, will feature all the usual elements -- treats for the children, a quick recap on the history of Hanukkah, prayers, songs and the lighting of a menorah candle.The twist for this year’s event -- set for 5 p.m. Sunday at Temecula’s Duck Pond -- is a special guest, said Rabbi Yonasan Abrams ■ more
    
 
Mivtza Chanuka 5775
 Gov. Elect Lights Up in Baltimore 
Photograph: Photo courtesy(Change Maryland)
Governor-elect Larry Hogan Jr. made a special appearance at the annual menorah lighting ceremony in Baltimore’s McKeldin Square Tuesday evening along with several local politicians, rabbis, and approximately 100 members of Baltimore’s Jewish community-to celebrate the first night of Chanukah ■ more
    
 
Mivtza Chanuka 5775
 Menorah Making Celebrates Jewish Heritage 
Photograph: Derek Wilson/Marinscope

The sounds of children using hammers to build Menorahs was a symbolic sound for Rabbi Menachem Landa, and the noise was music to his ears. Nearly 300 people attended the Chabad Jewish Center of Novato’s Build a Menorah workshop at the Home Depot in San Rafael Sunday. For Landa, the heroes were children who created their own Menorah ■ more

    
 
Neirot In-Depth Sicha
 Parshas Miketz - Accepting the Blame 
Parshas Miketz: When Yosef’s brothers arrive in Egypt to buy provisions during the hunger, Yosef makes things difficult for them and challenges his brothers as being spies. The brothers realize that these troubles are a G-d-given punishment for their misdeeds in selling him. Upon hearing their remorse, Reuven further rebukes them ■ more
    
 
Lighting in Children's Room
 Shaarei Chinuch Directive of theDay 
Chinuch Horaah of the Day: Even though in order to publicize the miracle, one menorah is lit in each home... since there has been an increase in undesirable matters (which have already occurred or that can still occur chas ve'shalom), it is best and most fitting for more light to be added to the world. In addition to the menorah normally lit, a menorah should be lit in the children's rooms also ■ more
    
 
Leb'n Mit Moshiach
 What the Chanuka Candles Tell Us 
WHAT THE CHANUKAH CANDLES TELL US... Torah and mitzvos in general are compared to "a mitzvah is a lamp and the Torah is light" (Mishlei 6:23) . There are, however, certain mitzvos, (like Shabbos candles and Chanukah candles), whose connection with the "lamp" of "mitzvah" and the "light" of "the Torah" is much more visibly obvious, which can be perceived by our human eyes ■ more
    
 
Mivtza Chanuka 5775
 Utah: Kristallnacht Survivor Lights Menorah 
Photograph: Hugh Carey, Deseret News
More than 150 people gathered in the Capitol rotunda Tuesday evening, the first night of Hanukkah, to continue the Jewish tradition of lighting a menorah.Gov. Gary Herbert lit the Shamash, or lighting candle, placed in the center of a tall menorah. Rabbi Benny Zippel, of the Chabad Lubavitch of Utah, and John Price, former U.S. Ambassador to Mauritius, Seychelles, and Comoros, led those gathered in two blessings to G-d before Price lit the first candle on the menorah ■ more
    
 

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