The Thinking Jew Podcast: Ep. 54 Uncovering Chanukah’s Deeper Meaning. By Rabbi Moshe Segal
Chanukah is often viewed as the holiday of lights in which we light the Menorah, eat oily foods and get presents, but is that all there is to Chanukah?
In this episode, we uncover the ideological underpinning of the Maccabean revolt against the great Greek army. What did Ancient Greece stand for? What was the Jewish response? How did the Maccabees win the spiritual war?
Join me as we take a Kabbalistic perspective to discover the deeper meaning behind Chanukah!
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Many concepts in this podcast are from the Maharal, Ner Mitzvah, Part II – https://www.sefaria.org/Ner_Mitzvah%2C_Volume_II.8?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=he