Al Hanissim: Lechem Rav

Many ask why we thank God for the wars we fought. I believe that we can apply the Alshich on the verse, “The Shield of your help, Who is the sword of your grandeur.” (Deuteronomy 33:29) When Joshua fought the battle of Ai, he

Chanukah-Al Hanissim: Eliyahu Rabbah

The Al Hanissim of Chanukah has 124 words corresponding to the numerical value of Yochanan, the grandfather of the Chashmonaim. Some texts have 125 words corresponding to the

Chanukah-Al Hanissim: Derashot Maharitz

“When the wicked Greek kingdom rose up against Your people Israel to make them forget Your Torah and compel them to stray from the statutes of Your Will.” The Greeks understood

Al Hanissim: Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch

There are in the Jewish year two festivals, which serve to commemorate the miraculous manner in which God intervened on behalf of our people even after it had lost its political independence. These are Chanukah, in memory of God’s miraculous