Chanukkah 5774


In this past week’s Torah portion, we learn how the name Yehudah, the origin of the word Yehudi or Jew, emanated:
וַתַּהַר עוֹד וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן, וַתֹּאמֶר הַפַּעַם אוֹדֶהאֶת-יְהוָה–עַל-כֵּן קָרְאָה שְׁמוֹ, יְהוּדָה; וַתַּעֲמֹד, מִלֶּדֶת. 35 And [Leah] conceived again, and bore a son; and she said: ‘This time will I give thanks to Hashem.’ Therefore she called his name Yehudah; and she left off bearing
To be a Jew means to “give thanks.”
Accordingly, it seems appropriate to disseminate early this month in which Hanukah falls on the 25th day [Wednesday, November 27th], our book, Sefer Shemonat Yemei Hoda’ah–Eight Days of Thanksgiving, given that the American holiday falls on the following Thursday.
Two versions are available, PDF and MS Word, plus a listing of the thanks an observant Jew gives daily to Hashem, as found in the prayerbook.
The PDF version is best viewed at 75% [scroll down at the top of the PDF].
The book is also best learned on-line, because many of the footnote citations have cross-references to some interesting Internet facts and teachings which support the lessons contained therein.
This, our sixth book on Hanukah, deserves an early read to open oneself to the practice of giving thanks, one which is not isolated to just Thanksgiving Day.
And as always, your comments are truly appreciated.   Please distribute to all of your friends, students, teachers, list serves, bloggers, etc.
Blessings for a meaningful Eight Days of Thanksgiving,
Rahmiel Hayyim Drizin
Kislev 5774


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