Universalism, Particularism, and the Jewish Mission to the World (Episode 32)

The holiday of Hanukkah is famous for its nightly candle lighting, but there’s an equally important Jewish practice that also takes place during the eight days of the holiday: the recital of Psalms 113-118, the Hallel. Why do we say Hallel at all on Hanukkah, given that the military victory we celebrate was short-lived? And doesn’t Hanukkah teach that Jews must be insular and protective of their heritage, which seems to mitigate the very idea of interfaith dialogue? Join Rabbi Pesach Wolicki and Scott Kahn (sitting in for David Nekrutman) as they tease out the deeper meaning of Hanukkah, and the message it embodies vis-a-vis the Jewish mission to humanity.

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