Hanukkah and Purim: A Winter’s Tale
Wed / Mar 16 / 12:00 pm / Online
Nachliel Selavan and Rabbi Savenor
In his talk, Nachliel Selavan focuses on Hanukkah and Purim, both related to events that occurred during the Second Temple. The story of Purim took place in the Persian Empire, while the story of Hanukkah took place under Hellenistic rule in Judah. This program highlights some history and archaeology from those empires and examines both holidays through a philosophical lens. These are the last holidays on the Jewish calendar before Passover, and they play a unique role in the development of the Nation of Israel.
Nachliel Selavan, originally from Jerusalem’s Old City, is back in Israel after seven years of teaching full time in the United States. Selavan completed his first M.A. through the Melton Blended Masters Program in Jewish education at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is studying for his second M.A. in ancient Jewish history at Bernard Revel Graduate School, Yeshiva University.