Megillat Yehudit and Eating Dairy on Chanukah
The Shulchan Aruch cites a custom to eat dairy foods on Chanukah, based on an obscure Chanukah narrative involving a woman named Yehudit. This story is not documented anywhere in any of the ancient writings about the Maccabees, nor anywhere in Talmudic or Midrashic literature in relation to the Chanukah story. Join Rabbi Daniel Korobkin and examine the origins of Yehudit the Hasmonean, and her connections to the apocryphal Book of Judith and the biblical character Yael.
Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin is mara d’asra(senior rabbi) of Beth Avraham Yosef of Toronto Congregation (“The BAYT”). Rabbi Korobkin holds a Master of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Graduate School, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Medieval Jewish and Islamic Thought from UCLA. He is the translator and annotator of the Feldheim edition of Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi’s Kuzari. Rabbi Korobkin is the current president of the Rabbinical Council of America.