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    • Louisa
    • 23.11.13 | 22:45 (IST)

    Rabbi Safran is correct historically when he points out that Hanukkah was a triumph of orthodoxy over "Hellenism." His view of Judaism as necessarily unchanging seems fairly simplistic and historically inaccurate. And his ideas of Greek philosophy seem fairly limited. I suppose there will always be orthodox male rabbis inveighing against any departure from what they view as the only way to be Jewish: their views always seem to involve controlling and subjugating women, denying them religious authority, and explaining that they do this because the women are so special and different. This kind of "spirituality" leads to Orthodox men stoning little girls because their mothers didn't give them the right kind of outfit to wear. So, while Rabbi Safran celebrates the triumph of fundamentalist Judaism, I think I'll have a nice "Hellenistic" Hanukkah. I belong to a Jewish choir, and we'll sing about the miracle of light. Women and men will sing together about the miracle of light and the repair of the world. Men and women together will listen to us sing and join in at the end. Then, I'll spend the festival giving little gifts, eatingt latkes, and perhaps talking about the Greek ideas of reason that inspired Jewish thinkers (when I'm not making my epicurean etherieally light potato pancakes.)

    from the article: Isn't it ironic: When U.S. Jews celebrate Hanukkah
    First published 15:50 21.11.13 | Last updated 15:50 21.11.13
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