The Story of Hanukkah with Ronen Gurievsky

The Story of Hanukkah with Ronen Gurievsky


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Hanukkah is one of the most celebrated Jewish holidays in the world. The story of this holiday has all the ingredients needed for a Hollywood blockbuster. But how did a story that has no mention in the bible become one of the most important symbols of Jewish heritage and still remain a lasting legacy today?

This conversation aims to explore the meaning behind Hanukkah shedding light on the truly heroic and tragic story that took place over 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem. Together, we’ll learn about the defeat of the Syrian-Greek army and a Jewish victory, which led to the reclaiming of the Jewish Holy Temple in Jerusalem over 2,100 years ago. We’ll learn about the symbol of an oil candle burning for eight consecutive days, and discuss how that tradition translates today with the lighting of the menorah.

We’ll discuss the traditions that take place across the world to commemorate Hanukkah, from the shamash to deep-fried traditional dishes, to the family-orientated events that take place over the Hanukkah period. Led by an expert on history based in Israel, Ronen Gurievsky, this interactive seminar will cover the story of Hanukkah, with the aim of explaining the history behind the ‘Festival of Lights’. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of this Jewish holiday and how it is commemorated today.

Ronen always loved traveling and the outdoors as he was growing up in Israel. After graduating high school, he volunteered on a kibbutz in the south of the country for a year. Once drafted into the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), he served in an airborne infantry unit; Ronen is still active in the reserves. A native-born Israeli, Ronen has always been passionate about the rich, complex history the country has to offer. He focused his education on Israel studies at Haifa University. Ronen has been working as a guide since 2006. To further his passion, he guides in eastern Europe as well. His primary interests, shaped by the region in which he grew up, are religion, geopolitics, history, agro-tech, and business.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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