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On Hanukkah and the Use of Force with Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum

Despite all the corny but mild holiday songs – not to mention the Sages’ emphasis on the miracle of the oil in a desperately dark time – our tradition has never stopped valorizing the combat undertaken by the Maccabees to oust the Seleucid Empire from our Holy Land. We will first consider the historical use of Hanukkah as a template for an armed response but end by learning about a new response to the violence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as practiced by Women Wage Peace, Israel’s largest grassroots peace movement, and its new Palestinian counterpart, Women of the Sun.

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