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The Seleucid Decrees

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Dec 9, 2020
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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?

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Learning on the Marcos and Adina Katz YUTorah site is sponsored today by Judy & Mark Frankel, Rachelle & Joseph Etra, Yonatan & Michal Frankel and Yair & Miriam Frankel to mark the yahrtzeit of their son and brother Moshe Yehuda z"l ben Meir Eliyahu and by the Cohen, Kraut and Silver families in memory of Walter Silver z"l, עובדיה בן צבי יצחק ושרה פייגא ז״ל and by Alan and Fran Broder and family to commemorate the yahrzeit of their grandfather Samuel Creeger, Shmuel Moshe ben Dov Isaac, a"h