January 18, 2020

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Hanukkah with Rabbi Greg Alexander

Rabbi Greg Alexander of Temple Israel in Cape Town, South Africa, grew up in the Progressive movement in Johannesburg. His smichah comes from Leo Baeck College in London and he has experience of more than 20 years in Jewish education and community building.

On Chanukah we commemorate the re-dedication of the Temple by the victorious Maccabee forces. So the end of the Chanukah Torah reading discusses the dedication of the desert Tabernacle. This part of the Torah reading is where we begin our discussion on the meaning of Hanukkah.

 

 

For more on Hanukkah, read The US-Israel Hanukkah Gap.

Shmuel Rosner’s book #IsraeliJudaism, Portrait of a Cultural Revolution (with Prof. Camil Fuchs) is available on Amazon.