Hanukah: Bringing the Inside Out — The Story of Hanukah as Told by Tractate Shabbat

Posted by Rahel Berkovits on December 12, 2017
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem: Weekly Parsha Podcast, Hanukah


Why do we light Hanukah candles and what do they symbolize? We all know the story of the miraculous flask of oil that burned for eight days, but is that the whole story? In this special podcast for Hanukah, Rabbi Rahel Berkovits examines the section in Tractate Shabbat in which the laws of Hanukah are taught. Through an examination of the sources found there, we will try to understand what Chazal thought the Hanukah candles represent and which miracle we are publicizing.

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About Rahel Berkovits

Rahel teaches Mishnah, Talmud and Halakha at Pardes. She has spent many years studying Talmud and Jewish texts in both traditional and academic frameworks at Midreshet Lindenbaum, The Shalom Hartman Institute, and Hebrew University in both the Talmud and Jewish education departments. In 2015, Rahel completed her studies at Beit Midrash Har’el and received ordination from Rabbi Herzl Hefter and Rabbi Daniel Sperber. Click here to read more.

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