Pretty much everything you wanted to know about the famous Edible Oil of the Mediterranean. History, archaeology, trade, chemistry, economics and the importance of agricultural independence. Advice on how to store it (never in plastic), how to eat it, how to dispose of the pomace and the morality of farming in general. The last harvest of the Land of Israel’s Biblical seven species is the Olive (מסיק)- ripening just in time for the Hashmoneans to press the fruit into holy oil for the rededicated Temple. Expert Ehud Soriano joins Eve Harow to elaborate on the golden liquid. Hanukkah Sameach to all!
In this episode Rav Mike describes the rise of Hellenistic Judaism as the background for the Hanukkah story. Judah and his brothers rose in revolt because they understood that identity is a matter of life and death. Their determination liberated the Temple, but what was the nature of the light they kindled there?
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