Chanukah is the triumph of the Maccabees over the Hellenists, of Jewish ideology over Greek wisdom. And subsequently, the rabbis instituted a prohibition on studying Greek wisdom. But what exactly is Greek wisdom? Join Rabbi David Sedley as he explores this fascinating subject.
Chochma Yevanit: Greek Wisdom — A Chanukah Shiur
In this class we look at the mishna’s prohibition of teaching your children Greek (or Greek wisdom) and compare it to the Maharal’s definition of Chanukah as the battle between Torah and philosophy.
We also look at the attitude of several medieval rabbis to philosophy.
Rabbi David Sedley lives in Jerusalem with his wife and six children. He was born and raised in New Zealand before making Aliya in 1992. He left Israel temporarily (for eight years) to serve as a communal Rabbi in Scotland and England and returned to Israel in 2004. He has translated Rabbeinu Yonah's commentary on Pirkei Avos and is the co-author of Sefiros: Spiritual Refinement Through Counting the Omer (both Judaica Press). Over the years Rabbi Sedley has worked as a journalist, a translator, a video director and in online reputation management. He also writes a weekly Torah blog on the Times of Israel - https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/author/david-sedley.