Take a moment to introduce yourself.
Share one tradition you do on Chanukah.
Then read the texts and answer the questions below them together.
What, according to Rambam, was the issue with Greek leadership?
Why was it important for the Hasmoneans to fight to gain control?
Why do you think Rambam asks us to place the menorah in public view?
Rambam is also concerned about danger when lighting a menorah.
In your life, when have you made your Jewish identity and practices a public display?
When have you kept your identity hidden?
What factors into your choices? When and why do you think it would be important to be publicly Jewish?
About our source:
Mishnah Torah - Author: Rambam
נוצר/נערך במצרים של ימי הביניים (1176 - 1178 לספירה בקירוב)
Composed in Middle-Age Egypt (c.1176 - c.1178 CE).
The third book is Zemanim (Times). Hanukah u-Megillah; laws of Hanukkah and Purim.
Merged from Sefaria Edition. Translated by R. Francis Nataf, 2019, Maimonides' Mishneh Torah, edited by Philip Birnbaum, New York, 1967