The seventh day of Chanukah.

 

c1477 BCE- After being warned by Moses, the Egyptians were visited by the (seventh) plague of barad (hail).

 

c 525 BCE- Esther was taken to King Achashverosh's palace. "And Esther was taken to King Achashverosh, to his palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tevet, in the seventh year of his reign. ... He placed the royal crown on her head and made her queen in Vashti's stead" (Esther 2:16-17).

Esther's presence in the king's palace enabled her to advocate on behalf of the Jews, and gain a reversal of Haman's decree to annihilate the Jewish people, and set the stage for the miracle of Purim six years later, on the 13th and 14th of Adar. All these miraculous events are recorded in the Book of Esther and commemorated each year on the holiday of Purim.

 

c 140 BCE- the Maccabees defeated the vastly more numerous and powerful armies of the Syrian-Greek king Antiochus IV, who had tried to forcefully uproot the beliefs and practices of Judaism from the people of Israel. The victorious Jews repaired, cleansed and rededicated the Beit HaMikdash in Yerushalayim to the service of Hashem.

All the Beit HaMikdash's oil had been defiled by the pagan invaders; and when the Jews sought to light the Beit HaMikdash's Menorah (candelabra), they found only one small cruse of ritually pure olive oil. They lit the Menorah with the one-day supply, which miraculously, burned for eight days, until new, pure oil could be obtained.

Also on this day -- 1,100 years earlier -- Moshe Rabbeinu and the Jewish people completed construction of the Mishkan, the portable sanctuary that accompanied them during 40 years of wandering in the desert. The Mishkan was not dedicated, however, for another three months.  The Sages tell us that the day of Kislev 25 was then "compensated" 12 centuries later -- when the miracle of Chanukah occurred and the Beit HaMikdash was rededicated.

In commemoration, the Sages instituted the 8-day festival of Chanukah, on which lights are kindled nightly by Jews around the world to recall and publicize the miracle of the oil, and its message that continues to illuminate our lives today.

 

December 14, 1947- Thirteen defenders of the Jews in Palestine - members of the Haganah - were killed in an ambush in Ben Shemen.

 

Torah Portion

כּי תשׂא (Ki Tisa)

 

 

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Today is

Yom Rishon, 10 Adar, 5778

Sunday, February 25, 2018

 

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