At the heart of the Chanukah story lies the Holy Temple. It was here that
the persecution of the Jews began under the rule of Antiochus who ordered
that the Temple be desecrated and converted into a place of pagan worship.
This forced Mattisyahu, son of Yochanan the High Priest, to flee to the
countryside where he became the father of the Jewish resistance. His sons
and followers, the Maccabees, fought bravely against all odds and were aided
by Divine Providence to eventually return to Jerusalem and bring the Temple
back to Jewish hands. It is their miraculous victories and efforts to
restore the sacrificial service to its earlier glory which we commemorate on
the holiday of Chanukah.
In this 4-week series of classes, Rabbi Yoav Elan explores the connection
between the physical structure of the Second Temple and some of the core
elements of the Chanukah story.