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    Chanukah initials

    Well-known Chanukah words are understood by some as made up of the initial letters of relevant words. These are some examples:


    Chet Nerot V’halachah K’vet Hillel – “8 lights and the law is according to Bet Hillel (who said the number of lights should increase each night)”.

    Chashmona’im Nit’gav’ru V’har’gu Kol Ha’oy’vim – “The Hasmoneans became strong and destroyed all the enemies”.

    Chashmona’im (Hasmoneans)

    Chodesh, Shabbat, Milah, Niddah, Arusah, Yichud HaShem – the Hellenists attempted to ban Rosh Chodesh, Shabbat, circumcision, family purity, marriage and belief in One God.


    Mattityahu Kohen Ben Yochanan – “Mattathias the priest, son of Yochanan”: founder of the family.

    – “Mi Kamocha Ba’elim HaShem” – “Who is like You among the gods, O Lord?” (the motto on the Maccabean banner).

    M-K-B – the final letters of Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’akov, to whose principles the Maccabees were dedicated.

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