Mikeitz – Hanukkah – מִקֵּץ – חֲנֻכָּה (Genesis 41:1−44:17)
This Week’s Torah Portion: Mikeitz – Hanukkah – מִקֵּץ – חֲנֻכָּה (Genesis 41:1−44:17)
Hanukkah or Shabbat? What is a bigger Mitzvah? What should come first? What do I do if I can only celebrate one of the two? What Jewish values are more important?
Seems obvious; after all, we have Shabbat every week, and we celebrate it all the time, and Hanukkah only once a year.
And Hanukkah is the second most popular Jewish holiday in the world, right after Passover.
Shabbat candles, which stand for domestic peace, take priority over Hanukkah candles that proclaim a Divine-human military victory. The private realm of the home takes precedence over the public realm of politics and religion.