Saturday, December 24, 2005

TODAY IN JUDAISM: Sunday, December 25, 2005


Kislev 24, 5766 * December 25, 2005


* Laws * Customs * Jewish History * Daily Quote * Daily Study *

Today is: Sunday, Kislev 24, 5766

Today's Laws & Customs

• Chanukah Begins Tonight; Kindle One Light this evening

The eight-day festival of Chanukah [] begins tonight. In commemorartion of the miracle of the oil (see "Today in Jewish History []" for Kislev 25) we kindle the Chanukah lights -- oli lamps or candles -- each evening for eight days, increasing the number of lights each evening. Tonight, the first night of Chanukah, we kindle one light. (In the Jewish calendar, the day begins at nightfall; this evening, then, commences the 1st day of Chanukah).

On the 1st night of Chanukah, we recite three blessings before lighting; for text and audio of the blessings, click here [].

For more a more detailed guide to Chanukah lighting click here [].

The icon below displays the ideal Chanukah lighting time for your location; the lighting can be done, however, later in the evening as well. For more on Chanukah lighting times, click here []. (If no time is displayed, click on icon to set your location.)

For additional Chanukah observances, see Laws & Customs [] for tomorrow, Kislev 25.

Daily Quote

One should cast himself into a fiery furnace rather than shame his fellow in public

- Talmud, Sotah 10b

Daily Study

Chitas and Rambam for today:

Chumash: Mikeitz, 1st Portion Bereishit 41:1-41:14 with Rashi
• English Text:

Tehillim: Chapters 113 - 118
• Hebrew text:
• English text:

Tanya: Likutei Amarim, Chapter 2
• Lesson in Tanya:
• RealAudio:
• Windows Media:

• Sefer Hamitzvos:
• 1 Chapter: Mechirah Chap. 6
• 3 Chapters: Nezirut Chap. 3, 4, 5

Hayom Yom:
• English Text:


Chanukah is just around the corner!

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Wishing you and your family a Happy Chanukah!


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