Live @ Drisha: Winter WeekAuthor: Drisha Institute for Jewish Education
26 Jun 2017

Live @ Drisha: Winter Week

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This collection of podcasts was recorded at Drisha's Winter Week of Learning, held in December each year. Visit our website for more information: www.drisha.org

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    Miriam Gedwiser on “It is forbidden to light with an old candle” – Chanuka and the Oral Torah

    What does it mean for Chanuka to be the only major holiday invented in the post-biblical era? Through hassidic sources, we will explore Chanuka’s message regarding novelty and creativity in our Torah and in our lives.

  • Posted on 29 Dec 2016

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    David Silber on Purim and Chanuka: Megillah and Hallel

    A central observance of Chanuka is the recitation of Hallel on all eight days; on Purim Hallel is not recited. We will study the significance of this distinction.

  • Posted on 29 Dec 2016

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    David Silber on Purim and Chanuka: Text and Temple

    The observance of Purim centers around the Megillah, which becomes part of the canon. Chanuka, by contrast, focuses on the lighting of the candles, a Temple ritual. We will discuss the implications of each.

  • Posted on 29 Dec 2016

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    Malka Simkovich on The Jews of Diaspora in the Hasmonean Period

    When the Hasmoneans ruled Judea in the second and first centuries BCE, hundreds of thousands of pious Jews were comfortably settled in Egypt – with no plans to return to their homeland. We will discuss what these Jews practiced, how they related to the land of Israel and the Jerusalem Temple, and what it meant to assimilate into the Greco-Roman world and still identify as a Jew.

  • Posted on 29 Dec 2016

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    Aaron Koller on Maccabees and Martyrdom

    Dying for a cause is considered by many the most noble form of death, and dying for one’s faith has a long and complicated history. The first Jewish martyrdom stories are from the books of Maccabees, and we will look at how this idea is used in that context, and then how it evolved and developed over the following centuries, in early Christianity and into rabbinic Judaism.

  • Posted on 29 Dec 2016

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