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?
The encounter between Greek and Jewish culture was love at first sight. The two cultures were bridged by language, and one of the great products of their fusion was the Septuagint – the Greek translation of the Bible. But every translation is an interpretation, and it was not clear how long Hellenistic Judaism could walk the line between acculturation and assimilation.
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