Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Cantor Doug Cotler from Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, California

Rabbi Kipnes and Cantor Cotler apply Pardes—The Orchard of Torah Study—to Chanukah. They start with the Book of Maccabbees, which stated that the days of purification and triumph were like the days of Sukkot, establishing the annual celebration. They extend their discussion to various Talmudic texts, covering liturgical additions, halakhah regarding light, and the battlefield between the rabbi and the Maccabee as models of Jewish life.

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