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Meet Rabbi Raanan Class

Sunday, November 28, 2021 24 Kislev 5782

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Meeting ID: 528 461 9173
Passcode: 331510

2. The Grinch of Hanukkah: How the Real Story Challenges our Narrative

 What was the real story of Hanukkah? We may know that there was a civil war between the Jews, but how many of us know that it was the Jews themselves who directly caused the oppressions we blame on Antiochus IV of the Selucid Greeks? How does this reality challenge our narrative especially in an age where we must be aware of the sensitivities surrounding Columbus and other symbols of European imperialism?



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The Story of Chanukah for Teens 

Biography for Rabbi Raanan Mallek

Rabbi Raanan Mallek, M.Ed., M.A. is co-director of Spirit of the Galilee, the new name of the Galilee Foundation for Value Education. He is currently the Rabbi of the Shorashim Village in the Galilee and the Masorti (Conservative) Rabbi for the Misgav Municipality. He also serves as the Israeli Society Representative to the International Reference Group of the World Council of Churches and is an interreligious advisor for the Rabbis for Human Rights' Board of Directors. Rabbi Mallek received ordination as a Dayan (Judge) from the Integral Halakhah Institute where he focused on Mediation and Adjudication. His Rabbinical Ordination and Master of Jewish Studies is from the Schechter Seminary and Institute in Jerusalem. During his studies, Raanan was an interreligious scholar and event coordinator for the Tantur Ecumenical Institute for three years. His certification in facilitation and negotiation is from the Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation Graduate Program of Bar Ilan University. In addition, Raanan has a Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College. In May 2020, Rabbi Mallek published two academic articles via Brill, Jews in Dialogue: Jewish Responses to the Challenges of Multicultural Contemporaneity. Free Ebrei Volume 2. Eds. Magdalena Dziaczkowska and Adele Valeria Messina. Leiden, The Netherlands. 2020: 

–“Historical Developments of the Term Ger Toshav and the Halakhic Implications Therein”

–“Halakhic Guidelines for Relating to Non-Jews in the State of Israel”

According to Rabbi Raanan, “I became a rabbi because I believe that religious leaders bear a responsibility for transforming religion into a force that aids peace-building. My greatest success has been seeing how people from all different religious backgrounds can come together for positive social change.”


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