Thursday, December 29, 2005

Chassidim and Misnagdim on Chanukah

The gap between Chassidim and Misnagdim is rapidly closing.
Litvishe Yeshivos already sing and say Kabbolas Shabbos
Chassidishe Yeshivos have adopted the Litvishe way of learning
Litvishe Roshei Yeshivos quote from Chassidishe sources
Chassidishe Rebbes quote the Vilna Gaon..

There is however one time a year when the contrast is highlighted and that's on Chanukah.
It's two entirely different events.
Chassidim spend a long time preparing the Menorah..spend a long time after lighting sitting by the candles.
Litvaks..say the brocho light it..sing Maoz Tzur..and leave
Chassidim are standing in the Beis Hamikdosh...bringing down the Ohr Hagonuz and the light of Moshiach
Litvaks are being MeKayem the Mitzvah MiDeRabonnon of Hadlokas Ner Chanuka..

Perhaps we'll have to wait awhile for the gap to close on Chanukah too.