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Light against Darkness: The Miraculous Survival of the Holiday of Chanukah



Dr. Shai Secunda / December 13, 2016

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The holiday of Chanuka was one of many celebrations connected to the Hasmoneans, and virtually the only one to have survived antiquity. How can we explain the curious survival of Chanuka – a holiday that celebrates the re-dedication of a temple later destroyed? Why did Chanuka's flickering lights continue to outshine the darkness?

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Dr. Shai Secunda

Shai Secunda occupies the Jacob Neusner chair in Judaism at Bard College and is a core faculty member at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. He is the author of The Iranian Talmud: Reading the Bavli in Sasanian Iran (Philadelphia, 2014), and writes regularly for the Jewish Review of Books on Jewish scholarship and culture.


 

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