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Why Hanukka and Purim Will Remain

August 19, 2013

Basically, the major biblical holidays were agricultural celebrations. Over the course of the exile, they lost their significance, and we created replacement meanings for them. We can therefore well understand why, of all the ancient holidays, Hazal felt that only Hanukka and Purim will remain. In essence, they represent different but still eternal aspects of Jewish survival, and will maintain that significance as long as the Jewish people survive, but the old holidays will never again be celebrated for what they once were, as civilized human society long ago ceased to be agricultural by nature, and especially in israel, it does not seem like that it is going to revert to that anytime in the future.

 

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