Jewish Culture – Hanukkah (6a of 22 sessions)


What is often called “The Festival of Lights” may actually be a Festival of Darkness – set at the end of the moon cycle closest to the Winter solstice. Is there a natural phenomenon behind Hanukkah? And why does the miracle of oil story not appear in the earliest accounts of the Maccabean rebellion?

To see the Humanistic Hanukkah Home Service mentioned in this session, visit

Rabbi Adam Chalom, Dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, continues his adult education curriculum “An Introduction to Jewish Culture.” Recorded with Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in November, 2021. To learn more about the “Introduction to Secular Humanistic Judaism” curriculum, visit

See the other videos in this series at

The recommended reading for this course is The Guide to Humanistic Judaism, available from the Society for Humanistic Judaism at


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