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From Cruse of Oil to Rifle Stock: The Changing Image of the Hanukkah Menorah

Hosted By: Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program ("CSP")

On Hanukkah Jews the world over light a menorah to commemorate a miracle that occurred at the height of the Maccabean revolution against their Greek oppressors in the 2nd century BCE.

Over the centuries the Hanukkah lamp developed as an artistic Judaic object, with decorations of messianic Jerusalem and the Temple, and contemporary decorative features including emblems of the ruler or host society, Maccabean images, lions, new pioneers, sacred historical monuments, gun-shells, gun-stocks and IDF soldiers. In this session with Prof. Shalom Sabar, we will examine the meaning of the dramatic changes.

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