Sunday, December 5, 2010

Chanukah as a biblical holiday


"Establishing a festival on a day when a miracle occurs is a biblical mitzvah. If this is warranted for a transition from slavery to freedom, it is certainly required for transition from death to life!

"Therefore, in my humble opinion, Purim and Chanukah are biblical. However, the details of what to do - sending portions of food, or lighting flames, or creating some other memorial - is rabbinic."

(Responsa of Chatam Sofer 233)

חג אורים שמח,

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