Defining Hanukkah: Spiritual vs Political
Hanukkah asks us to reconcile the worldview of the Rabbis with that of the Maccabees.
Seen this way, Hanukkah can become a time for accepting both the Maccabee and the Rabbi within us, seeing them as different expressions of the need to experience despair and turn toward hope. Seen this way, Hanukkah can become a resource to help us experience our moments of darkness whenever they occur throughout the year--and strike new sparks.
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