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The Enlightened Maccabee

Monday, 18 November, 2013 - 2:08 am

In RCS Lesson 1, Chanukah-The Enlightened Maccabee; The Message of Chanukah in a Modern World... 

We discussed the core divide between the Jews and the Greeks.

While they were actually quite similar in their emphasis on education and morality, their points of departure couldn't be more different.

For the Greeks, their intellect defined their values; for the Jews, G-d, expressed through His Torah, defined their values.

As such, the Greeks were steeped in secular culture; the Jews steeped in Divine ideals.

In this video, Rabbi Sacks makes a powerful case for religion.

While the video insinuates that contemporary society has abandoned spirituality altogether, I think it would be accurate to say that our society seems to primarily emphasize other sources as solutions, as opposed to using other sources for the good, while focusing on spirituality to give us meaning and purpose in answering "three questions that every reflective person must ask: Who am I? Why am I here? How then shall I live?"

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