Dr. Judith Hauptman Sheds New Light on the Hanukkah Miracle

Dr. Judith Hauptman

"The cruse of oil story that explains the origins of Chanukah has fallen into disrepute. Many people feel that it appeals to children only, because Chanukah for adults is about a military victory against overwhelming odds. The Babylonian Talmud, they say, composed the story to downplay the Maccabean triumph. But they are wrong. If we read the cruse of oil story in context, we will see how 'authentic' it is, and what purpose its authors intended it to serve . . . "

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