I hope you all had a meaningful Chanukah. And I wish you all an easy and meaningful fast this Thursday, Asara B’Teves.
The fact that this fast day takes place just one week or so after Chanukah, during a time of year considered festive by others, makes one think. A few years ago, I addressed the confluence of these days on our calendar in a series of three classes I called “Chanukah – The War you didn’t know” or “Chanuka, Asara B’Teves, and Christianity”.
The classes are on the shul’s website and can be accessed here: http://www.hjcs.org/podgen11/?p=archive&cat=all&pgn=3
They can also be accessed individually here:
Class one: http://www.hjcs.org/podgen11/?name=2009-03-26_0712chanuka1.mp3
Class two: http://www.hjcs.org/podgen11/?name=2009-03-26_0712chanuka2.mp3
Class three: http://www.hjcs.org/podgen11/?name=2009-03-26_0712chanuka3.mp3
(Other recordings can be found on the site as well.)
I invite you all to listen.