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Jewish Holidays

Monarchy of the Chashmonaim

December 28, 2016, by

Following the victory over the Greeks, the Chashmonaim assumed the monarchy of Klal Yisrael. This, despite the fact that they were Kohanim and not from Shevet Yehudah. They were not descendants of Dovid Ha’Melech. According to the Ramban (in parshas Vayechi), this was a grave error on their part, and caused their ultimate downfall. So […]

Vintage Vessel

December 26, 2016, by

Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein We are all familiar with the miracle of Chanukah, how, after their victory over the Greeks, the Chashmonaim returned to find the devastation the Greeks had wrought on the Temple, how the Greeks had desecrated it and defiled and broken every jug of pure oil […]

Jerusalem vs. Athens: The Unifying Center

December 22, 2016, by

Jerusalem vs. Athens: Understanding the Depths of the Debates Between Rav Yehoshua ben Chananya and the Elders of Athens – part 3. The Torah, unlike Greek philosophy recognizes the concept that out of bad can come good, that even the bad is for the good. Greek philosophy doesn’t have a good explanation for why evil […]

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