the "irony" of Hanukkah - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
  • p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap
    • 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
Haaretz Headlines
Ezra Nawi and Guy Butavia outside the Jerusalem District Court.
Court refuses to extend West Bank ban against left-wing activists

'There is no danger that justifies any limitation of freedom,' writes judge, rejects police request for restraining order against Ezra Nawi and Guy Butavia.

00:11 12.02.16 | 0 comments
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the IAI exhibition.
India reportedly ready to clear $3 billion in arms deal with Israel

Prime Minister Modi said to be seeking his cabinet's approval before visiting Israel later this year.

03:19 12.02.16 | 0 comments
The Arab-Israeli village of Umm al-Fahm.

Policy changes will expand construction in Israeli Arab towns

Among the Arab cities recommended for expansion are Sakhnin, Majdal Krum, Shfaram, Nazareth and the communities in the Beit Netofa Valley in the lower Galilee.

Michael Bloomberg.
In a Sanders-Trump presidential race, many Jews will yearn for Bloomberg

Among Israel-minded voters, Sanders would get the J Street vote, Bloomberg would garner AIPAC’s and Trump would scrounge for leftovers.

00:50 12.02.16 | 0 comments