30 November 2010

Mikeitz, Pidyon Shvuyim and Hanukah

24 Kislev 5771

Continuing the story of Yosef Hatzadik in Parashat Mikeitz, Rabbi Sitorsky says the following...

The brothers went down to Egypt (besides for going to find food) "to reunite with their brother and to redeem him at all costs. Hanukah is the holiday of pidyon shvuyim. It's the holiday that we redeem---pada. Pada is the gematria of Hanukah and pidyon shvuyim is the gematria of l'hadlik ner Hanukah exactly."


  1. What an awesome shiur!

    The Tur says that חנוכה means חנו כ"ה. Wikipedia explains:
    הסבר מאוחר דורש את השם כנוטריקון: חנוכה = חנו כ"ה, כלומר בכ"ה בחודש חנו ישראל מאויביהם‏‏

    This may also refer to Pollard resting from his captors after 25 years.

  2. Wow, thanks for adding that, Yaak. Ken, yehi ratzon.