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December 23, 2008 | 5:36 pmAlmost anyone who celebrates Chanukah today knows at least the rudimentary outline of its story. A righteous Judean clan in the 2nd century B.C.E. led an uprising against Greek-influenced Seleucid rulers who had desecrated the Temple and outlawed the traditional practices of Judaism....
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What is the origin of evil? Or, more precisely, why do people do evil things?
We Jews often pose these questions in terms of biblical narratives. Torah is understood as the soul's code of the Jewish people; its characters, images and events are not just historical, they are...