Sunday, December 21, 2008

Torah reading for Chanukah


Chanukah does not have a natural Torah reading, because the historical events of Chanukah occurred after the Torah was concluded.

Instead, the special Torah reading for Chanukah is the section in Bamidbar [Numbers] that describes the dedication of the portable Mishkan [Temple] with which the Jews traveled from Egypt to Israel.

This is an appropriate reading because Chanukah celebrates rededication of the Temple. Also, we are taught that construction of the original Mishkan was completed at the end of the month of Kislev, on the days that later became Chanukah.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 684:1; Mishneh Berurah 684:1)

Have a great day,

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