We always see Hanukah is focused upon the Menorah in the Temple, but our liturgy speaks of “Hanukat Hamizbeach” – the dedication of the altar. In this week’s Pardes from Jerusalem, special podcast for Hannukah, Rabbi Alex Israel discusses what Hanukah has to do with the altar? And how a 6-branch Temple menorah become an 8-branch one?
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Alex teaches Bible at Pardes and is the Director of the Community Education Program and the Summer Program. Alex was born and raised in London. He holds degrees from London School of Economics, the Institute of Education London and Bar-Ilan University. Alex studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion under Rav Aharon Lichtenstein and Rav Yehudah Amital, and gained Rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Rabbinate. Click here to read more.