The Seleucid Decrees
- 28 min 46 sec
The Midrash (Beresheet Rabbah, Tanhuma Tazria and elsewhere) records an unusual decree enacted by the Greeks just before the Hasmonean rebellion - that Jews must carve onto the horns of their oxen the phrase: "We have no portion with the God of Israel". What does this decree mean? How does it relate to the celebration of Hanukkah and specifically to the mandated location of Ner Hanukkah - outside, near the doorway?