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The Systems of the Jewish Year

Alexander the Great & Shimon HaTzadik; The Shell & The Fruit-Who are We? (Video)

By Rabbi Yaacov Haber

Rabbi Haber expounds on the story of Chanukah and its meaning for Jews today.  He extrapolates from Rav Tzadok HaKohen to reveal the phenomenon of the divisions in Klal Yisrael in the time of the Chashmonaim and how it became the cause of the destruction of Bayit Shayni (the Second Temple).  He posits that Alexander the Great, who was a student of Aristotle, saw in Shimon HaTzadik, the essence of his search for meaning; the fruit, which he, as the shell, was destined to protect… Although we, as Jews, are not like them, we do not reject their contribution to Hashem’s Creation. And, in fact, we should search for ways to incorporate into our lives the treasures that they hold, while carefully insuring that we, and Torah, are not absorbed within Teva (nature/technology/beauty, etc.), but that Klal Yisrael must use the gashmius (materialism) in the world to raise it to Holiness.

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