8 Questions and 8 Dipping’s of the Hanukkah Seder by Rabbi Dov Gartenberg 1st Dipping: What was the miracle of Hanukah? A Debate within Judaism A piece of winter bread dipped in extra virgin olive oil Effect: Tasting olive oil, the central food of Hanukkah 2nd Dipping How was ...continue reading "A Brief Description of the Questions and Dippings of Rabbi Gartenberg’s Hanukkah Seder"
On the fifth night of Hanukkah we pose this question: Why did the Jews reject passive resistance against Antiochus? We pose and discuss this question as we dip a piece of dark rye bread into Cardamon and Sumac Flavored Oil. "[Due to the persecution] many seekers for justice went down ...continue reading "A Question for the 5th Night of Hanukkah: Why did the Jews Reject Passive Resistance Against Antiochus?"
Why did some Jews choose to die for God? The Maccabean revolt is the first appearance of martyrdom in the history of religion. The most vivid story of Martyrdom we tell below. As we explore this question at the Hanukkah Seder, we dip rosemary bread into an oil mixed with ...continue reading "The Question of the Fourth Night: When is it Necessary to Die for God? The Jewish Teachings on Martyrdom"
What Was the Cause of the Jewish Revolt Against Antiochus? At the Hanukkah Seder we dip Lavash into burnt Almond Oil upon asking this question and the presentation of this ancient text. "Moreover, King Antiochus wrote to his whole kingdom, that all should be one people. And everyone should leave ...continue reading "A Question for the Third Night of Hanukkah"
What is a Hanukkah Seder? A Seder, think Passover Seder, is a ritually ordered feast that features symbolic foods, dramatic rituals, sensory stimulation, and a collection of provocative texts that engenders questions, conversation, and insight. Judaism features not only the Passover Seder, but other Sedarim (plural) that create rich spiritual ...continue reading "What is a Hanukkah Seder?"
Each night of Hanukkah I am posing a question for discussion, Each of these questions is included in an original Hanukkah Seder I composed in collaboration with the chef, Emily Moore . We will be doing the Hanukkah Seder on Friday night, December 7, 2018 at the WeWork Center in ...continue reading "A Question for the Second Day of Hanukkah and Update on Our Fall Subscription Drive"