This week Miriam’s teacher, Reb Tanya Farber, shared the Hasidic idea of the Chanukah dreidel with its stem above and the Purim gregor with its handle below. Both festivals are dark and difficult times for the Jewish people and both stories seem at the mercy of forces of randomness and chance. But according to this Hasidic idea, Purim like the gregor is directed from below, by us, the human agents of change and destiny (ilatuta del'tata), while Chanukah, like the dreidle, is directed from above, by God (ilatuta del'eleh).
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