​​​​​​​​This Week's Torah Thought

From Rabbi Zylberman

The Hebrew word Chanukah literally means “dedication” and refers to the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after it was defiled by the Syrian Greeks in the second century BCE. But in addition to meaning “dedication,” the Hebrew root letters khet, nun, khaf also connote “education”, as in the Hebrew word, Chinuch. The link between Chanukah and education is a reminder that, at this time of rejoicing in the miracle of Chanukah, we also rededicate ourselves to the lifelong pursuit of Jewish learning, and the sacred task of passing our traditions down from one generation to the next. Wishing you and yours a rich, light-filled and happy Chanukah! 

Shabbat Shalom,


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