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It’s the Pits (Channukah)

Preview: An often-forgotten fact about Channukah: it came this close to ending as Tisha B’Av. Both occur against a backdrop of sinat chinam. The origins of such sinat chinam trace back to Yosef and his brothers, whom we read about during Channukah. And Yosef’s experience is heavily alluded to in Mizmor Shir Channukat Habayit – the psalm David authored upon first dedicating the Beit Hamikdash, and the psalm we recite on Channukah as we celebrate its re-dedication.

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