“Chanukah” comes from the Hebrew word for “dedication.” Chanukah is also known as the Festival of Re-dedication, as it commemorates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, as well as the miracle of the oil that lasted for eight days. Beginning in 167 BCE, a small band of priests led a revolt against a large and well-trained army in order to save the Jewish culture from being overtaken by Hellenism. Ralph Messer describes in detail the historical and tragic events leading up to the revolt of the Maccabees against the Syrian-Greek army, the miraculous victory, and the cleansing and re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. By remembering tragic history, history in the making can be put into perspective. One has to ask: “Without Chanukah, what would have happened to the Jewish nation and culture?”
(2-Part Teaching Set, available in DVD format only)
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