Chanukah is very much in vogue today, and not just because it provides a convenient excuse to give presents during “the holiday season.” Our Sages refer to the period of encounter with the ancient Greeks as “the Greek exile” even though the Jewish people were not banished from their land at the time. Chanukah tells the story of the miraculous recovery of Jewish idealism through the dedication and commitment of our ancestors to our ancient faith. In this first Morasha class on Chanukah we will explore the history of Chanukah and the eternal ideological conflict that is at its root.