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The Jewish Tradition Unfolds in Fire. Here's How, and Why

What are we to make of the fiery images, stories, and rituals that inform Jewish liturgy and Jewish self-understanding?

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Observation
Dec. 29 2016
About the authors

Eric Cohen is executive director of the Tikvah FundHe is the author of In the Shadow of Progress: Being Human in the Age of Technology (2008), editor-at-large of the New Atlantis, and a contributor to numerous publications.

Mitchell Rocklin is a resident research fellow at the Tikvah Fund.


Stories of fire, images of fire, rituals of fire—the Jewish tradition unfolds in flames. During the Hanukkah festival, fire is central. For eight days, Jews commemorate the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem by kindling the flames of the menorah and by recalling the fire of the altar, ever-present and never to be extinguished. As Rabbi Jonathan Sacks beautifully describes:

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