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... Read more »
In the second Morasha class on Chanukah we will address the nature, symbolism, and implications of the Chanukah miracles. As such, this shiur seeks to understand: 1) what were the two miracles of Chanukah, 2) what is the connection between the nature of the Chanukah miracles and the Greek assault against the Jewish people, 3)... Read more »
The third Morasha Chanukah shiur seeks to understand why God wanted the Temple’s rededication to be accomplished through a miracle in the lighting of the Menorah. The class also discusses what the Menorah symbolizes and why and how we commemorate Chanukah today.
Pesach celebrates a seminal event in Jewish history – the freeing of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt 3,300 years ago. This two-part series on Pesach will explore the key themes of the festival: slavery, miracles, freedom, Jewish nationhood, Divine Providence, and the lessons we can learn from them. In this first class on... Read more »