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Rabbi Arthur Segal

Rabbi Arthur Segal’s love of people, humanity, and Judaism has him sharing with others “The Wisdom of the Ages” that has been passed on to him. His writings for modern Jews offer Spiritual, Ethical, and eco-Judaic lessons in plain English and with relevance to contemporary lifestyles. He is the author of countless articles, editorials, letters, and blog posts, and he has recently published two books:

The Handbook to Jewish Spiritual Renewal: A Path of Transformation for the Modern Jew

and

A Spiritual and Ethical Compendium to the Torah and Talmud

You can learn more about these books at:

www.JewishSpiritualRenewal.org
ALL ENTRIES ARE (C) AND PUBLISHED BY RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL JEWISH SPIRITUAL RENEWAL, INC, AND NOT BY ANY INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEE OF SAID CORPORATION. THIS APPLIES TO 3 OTHER BLOGS (CHUMASH, ECO, SPIRITUALITY) AND WEB SITES PUBLISHED BY SAID CORPORATION.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL: CHANUKAH: JEWS FLED TO HIERAPOLIS TO ESCAPE MACCABEES

RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL: CHANUKAH: JEWS FLED TO HIERAPOLIS TO ESCAPE MACCABEES
 


DECEMBER 2016 BLUFFTON SUN RABBI DR ARTHUR SEGAL

Shalom and greetings:

Ending our tour through the Jewish calendar, December brings us Chanukah from sundown on 12/24  to 1/1/2017.

Chanukah means "dedication.'' Just as the Maccabees rededicated the Syrian-Greek desecrated Temple back to God, we are to rededicate our lives to God. The Chanukah menorah is lit one candle the first night, two on the second and so forth up to eight, to remind us that our spirituality should always be increasing,(Talmud Shabbat 21b). Not wanting Chanukah to be a war victory holiday, they used Zechariah 4:6-8:  "Not by might and not by armies but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts," into Chanukah's Sabbath.

Judea belonged to the Egyptian-Ptolemaic Kingdom until 200 BCE when Seleucid-Greek-Syrian King Antiochus III defeated King Ptolemy V.  Judea was annexed to Syria. Antiochus guaranteed the Hebrews to "live according to their ancestral customs" at the Jerusalem Temple.  In 175 BCE, Antiochus IV invaded Judea at the request of Tobias.  The Jewish Tobias clan, led the Hellenized [reform, modern] faction of Jews, and were expelled to Syria by the pro-Egyptian Traditional Hebraic Hashmonian family. The exiled Tobiads lobbied Antiochus IV to recapture Jerusalem. The king was intervening in an internal civil war between the Traditional Hashmonian Maccabean Hebrews and the Hellenized Jews in Jerusalem.

These two groups violently fought over who would rule with Hebraic Traditionalists contesting with Hellenized Jews. The civil war escalated when Greek-Syrian Antiochus sided with the Hellenized Jews against the Hebraic traditionalists who were pro-Egypt, and Syria's enemy.  Antiochus allowed the Hellenized Jews to practice Judaism, but prohibited the religious practices of the Hebraic Temple. Antiochus abandoned the Seleucid practice, going back to Alexander the Great, of religious freedom.

Eventually the Hebraic Hashmonian Maccabees won. The Hellenized Jews escaped and help found Hierapolis {Turkey]. By 62 BCE 50,000 Jews lived there. Meanwhile back in Jerusalem, around the same time, Hashmonian Hebraic King Yannai, stole the priesthood, and had a public disagreement over Jewish versus Hebrew Sukkot rituals. The Jews pelted him with citrons, and Yannai killed 6,000 Jews, plus 800 Rabbis at a dinner party. His death was a Rabbinic -Judaic celebration for centuries,(2 Shevat), and this is one of the main reasons the Books of Maccabees are not in the Jewish Bible.

Rabbi Arthur Segal is an international lecturer, author, and teacher. Visit him at www.JewishSpiritualRenewal.org . Email at RabbiASegal@aol.com 

RABBI DR ARTHUR SEGAL www.JewishSpiritualRenewal.com/books www.FaceBook.com/Arthur.L.Segal www.FaceBook.com/RabbiArthurSegalJewishSpiritualRenewal www.RabbiArthurSegal.blogspot.com
Jewish Spiritual Renewal
Jewish Renewal
Jewish Spirituality
Hilton Head Island, SC; Bluffton, SC; Savannah, GA

RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL: HILTON HEAD JEWISH INTERFAITH WEDDINGS: DESTINATION :LOCALS

RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL: HILTON HEAD JEWISH INTERFAITH WEDDINGS: DESTINATION :LOCALS
 
Please wish Mazel Tov v Siman Tov and Congratulations to Jordan Dave and Paul Norris on their fantastic wedding at Rose Hill Mansion, Bluffton, South Carolina with catering by SERG Restaurant Group's Skull Creek Boathouse, and Poseidon, and rehearsal dinner at Marleys Island Seafood Grille, and Sunday Brunch at Berkeley Hall Club , all orchestrated by the bride's talented mom, Juli Turkel Dave. I was blessed to have the honor of officiating. It was fun to see my SERG Restaurant Group friends Meggie Thompson, Alan Wolf, Steven Carb, Robert Greene Jordan Jr and so many others there. And of course Lou Anne Takach event planner for Rose Hill Mansion had everything perfect. (The Dark Photo is under the Chuppah by my dear wife Ellen Freedman Segal, aka in the south as Ellie Lou, who kindly did not use a flash as per instructions in the program). Many blessings and a lifetime of happiness and joy to Jordan Dave and Paul Norris!!!! Rabbi Arthur Segal's Jewish Spiritual Renewal, RABBI DR Arthur Segal
 
To Book your Dream Wedding for Hilton Head Island, Charleston, Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, Okatie, Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms all in South Carolina, and Savannah, Sea Islands, Cloister, Jekyll Island all in Georgia, or Amelia Island and Jacksonville Beaches in Florida, or Cruise ship weddings, or foreign weddings, please email :
 RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL  AT RABBIASEGAL@AOL.COM .
 
(Traditional Jewish, Modern Jewish, Interfaith, Co-officiating, Destination, or Locals)


JEWISH WEDDINGS OFFICIATED BY RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL: TRADITIONAL, INTERFAITH, CO-OFFICIANT, DESTINATION

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"One of the Joys of being a Rabbi," says Rabbi Arthur Segal," is working closely with the bride and groom and officiating at their wedding." He can do this with couples living near by or with couples having a destination wedding in the greater beautiful Hilton Head Island area.

Rabbi Arthur Segal helps develop a custom ceremony with the couple so that each word in the ceremony rings true to them. His ceremonies can range from the very traditional to what ever the couples desires. Rabbi opines that this is the couple's special day, and to treat each wedding as unique.

For those who are having an interfaith wedding, Rabbi takes special care to respect both traditions, again with total input from the couple. He will be pleased to co-officiate at weddings, using non-Trinitarian language.

http://jewish.server272.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/RABBI+ARTHUR+SEGAL+OFFICIATING+AT+BEACH+WEDDING+HILTON+HEAD+ISLAND+SC-781513.jpgRabbi Arthur Segal also will do recommitment marriage ceremonies with the same care as he does weddings.

Rabbi will work closely with the wedding planer and/or caterer to make sure the wedding is seamless, and the bride and groom can totally enjoy themselves on their special day.

Rabbi Arthur Segal is available, and actually prefers, to be at the rehearsal, to ensure all is going smoothly, and to get to know the bridal party, and family, before the actual wedding day.

For those that wish to have a Ketubah, rabbi will work closely to make sure everyone's name has correct calligraphy on the document, in English and Hebrew, so the signing ceremony is flawless.

For a beautiful gallery of Ketubahs go to JudaicConnection.com  (My couples receive a $15 shipping discount)

http://jewish.server272.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/morris-wedding-new2.jpg

Rabbi Arthur Segal tries to limit his weddings to Hilton Head, SC, Bluffton, SC, Palmetto Bluff, SC, Savannah, GA, and Charleston, SC, but has been known to make himself available elsewhere, even out of the USA. He will also conduct weddings and recommitment ceremonies on cruise ships.

In keeping with Jewish ethics, if the couple resides in Rabbi Arthur Segal's town, Rabbi will ask, unless there are some special circumstances, if the couple has first asked the local pulpit rabbi to officiate.

http://jewish.server272.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/chuppah-beach.jpg

 
 
 
 
RABBI DR ARTHUR SEGAL www.JewishSpiritualRenewal.com/books www.FaceBook.com/Arthur.L.Segal www.FaceBook.com/RabbiArthurSegalJewishSpiritualRenewalwww.RabbiArthurSegal.blogspot.com 
Jewish Spiritual Renewal
Jewish Renewal
Jewish Spirituality
Hilton Head Island, SC; Bluffton, SC; Savannah, GA

RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL: CRUISE SHIPS: JEWISH WEDDINGS: INTERFAITH: DESTINATION

RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL: CRUISE SHIPS: JEWISH WEDDINGS: INTERFAITH: DESTINATION
 
Please wish Mazel Tov v Siman Tov and Congratulations to Jordan Dave and Paul Norris on their fantastic wedding at Rose Hill Mansion, Bluffton, South Carolina with catering by SERG Restaurant Group's Skull Creek Boathouse, and Poseidon, and rehearsal dinner at Marleys Island Seafood Grille, and Sunday Brunch at Berkeley Hall Club , all orchestrated by the bride's talented mom, Juli Turkel Dave. I was blessed to have the honor of officiating. It was fun to see my SERG Restaurant Group friends Meggie Thompson, Alan Wolf, Steven Carb, Robert Greene Jordan Jr and so many others there. And of course Lou Anne Takach event planner for Rose Hill Mansion had everything perfect. (The Dark Photo is under the Chuppah by my dear wife Ellen Freedman Segal, aka in the south as Ellie Lou, who kindly did not use a flash as per instructions in the program). Many blessings and a lifetime of happiness and joy to Jordan Dave and Paul Norris!!!! Rabbi Arthur Segal's Jewish Spiritual Renewal, RABBI DR Arthur Segal
 
To Book your Dream Wedding for Hilton Head Island, Charleston, Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, Okatie, Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms all in South Carolina, and Savannah, Sea Islands, Cloister, Jekyll Island all in Georgia, or Amelia Island and Jacksonville Beaches in Florida, or Cruise ship weddings, or foreign weddings, please email :
 RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL  AT RABBIASEGAL@AOL.COM .
 
(Traditional Jewish, Modern Jewish, Interfaith, Co-officiating, Destination, or Locals)


JEWISH WEDDINGS OFFICIATED BY RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL: TRADITIONAL, INTERFAITH, CO-OFFICIANT, DESTINATION

http://jewish.server272.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/262868_10150265476508494_113476883493_7846773_2284419_n.jpg

"One of the Joys of being a Rabbi," says Rabbi Arthur Segal," is working closely with the bride and groom and officiating at their wedding." He can do this with couples living near by or with couples having a destination wedding in the greater beautiful Hilton Head Island area.

Rabbi Arthur Segal helps develop a custom ceremony with the couple so that each word in the ceremony rings true to them. His ceremonies can range from the very traditional to what ever the couples desires. Rabbi opines that this is the couple's special day, and to treat each wedding as unique.

For those who are having an interfaith wedding, Rabbi takes special care to respect both traditions, again with total input from the couple. He will be pleased to co-officiate at weddings, using non-Trinitarian language.

http://jewish.server272.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/RABBI+ARTHUR+SEGAL+OFFICIATING+AT+BEACH+WEDDING+HILTON+HEAD+ISLAND+SC-781513.jpgRabbi Arthur Segal also will do recommitment marriage ceremonies with the same care as he does weddings.

Rabbi will work closely with the wedding planer and/or caterer to make sure the wedding is seamless, and the bride and groom can totally enjoy themselves on their special day.

Rabbi Arthur Segal is available, and actually prefers, to be at the rehearsal, to ensure all is going smoothly, and to get to know the bridal party, and family, before the actual wedding day.

For those that wish to have a Ketubah, rabbi will work closely to make sure everyone's name has correct calligraphy on the document, in English and Hebrew, so the signing ceremony is flawless.

For a beautiful gallery of Ketubahs go to JudaicConnection.com  (My couples receive a $15 shipping discount)

http://jewish.server272.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/morris-wedding-new2.jpg

Rabbi Arthur Segal tries to limit his weddings to Hilton Head, SC, Bluffton, SC, Palmetto Bluff, SC, Savannah, GA, and Charleston, SC, but has been known to make himself available elsewhere, even out of the USA. He will also conduct weddings and recommitment ceremonies on cruise ships.

In keeping with Jewish ethics, if the couple resides in Rabbi Arthur Segal's town, Rabbi will ask, unless there are some special circumstances, if the couple has first asked the local pulpit rabbi to officiate.

http://jewish.server272.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/chuppah-beach.jpg

 
 
 
 
RABBI DR ARTHUR SEGAL www.JewishSpiritualRenewal.com/books www.FaceBook.com/Arthur.L.Segal www.FaceBook.com/RabbiArthurSegalJewishSpiritualRenewalwww.RabbiArthurSegal.blogspot.com 
Jewish Spiritual Renewal
Jewish Renewal
Jewish Spirituality
Hilton Head Island, SC; Bluffton, SC; Savannah, GA

RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL: ROSE HILL MANSION: JEWISH WEDDINGS: INTERFAITH: DESTINATION

RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL: ROSE HILL MANSION: JEWISH WEDDINGS: INTERFAITH: DESTINATION, BLUFFTON, SC
 
Please wish Mazel Tov v Siman Tov and Congratulations to Jordan Dave and Paul Norris on their fantastic wedding at Rose Hill Mansion, Bluffton, South Carolina with catering by SERG Restaurant Group's Skull Creek Boathouse, and Poseidon, and rehearsal dinner at Marleys Island Seafood Grille, and Sunday Brunch at Berkeley Hall Club , all orchestrated by the bride's talented mom, Juli Turkel Dave. I was blessed to have the honor of officiating. It was fun to see my SERG Restaurant Group friends Meggie Thompson, Alan Wolf, Steven Carb, Robert Greene Jordan Jr and so many others there. And of course Lou Anne Takach event planner for Rose Hill Mansion had everything perfect. (The Dark Photo is under the Chuppah by my dear wife Ellen Freedman Segal, aka in the south as Ellie Lou, who kindly did not use a flash as per instructions in the program). Many blessings and a lifetime of happiness and joy to Jordan Dave and Paul Norris!!!! Rabbi Arthur Segal's Jewish Spiritual Renewal, RABBI DR Arthur Segal
 
To Book your Dream Wedding for Hilton Head Island, Charleston, Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, Okatie, Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms all in South Carolina, and Savannah, Sea Islands, Cloister, Jekyll Island all in Georgia, or Amelia Island and Jacksonville Beaches in Florida, or Cruise ship weddings, or foreign weddings, please email :
 RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL  AT RABBIASEGAL@AOL.COM .
 
(Traditional Jewish, Modern Jewish, Interfaith, Co-officiating, Destination, or Locals)


JEWISH WEDDINGS OFFICIATED BY RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL: TRADITIONAL, INTERFAITH, CO-OFFICIANT, DESTINATION

http://jewish.server272.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/262868_10150265476508494_113476883493_7846773_2284419_n.jpg

"One of the Joys of being a Rabbi," says Rabbi Arthur Segal," is working closely with the bride and groom and officiating at their wedding." He can do this with couples living near by or with couples having a destination wedding in the greater beautiful Hilton Head Island area.

Rabbi Arthur Segal helps develop a custom ceremony with the couple so that each word in the ceremony rings true to them. His ceremonies can range from the very traditional to what ever the couples desires. Rabbi opines that this is the couple's special day, and to treat each wedding as unique.

For those who are having an interfaith wedding, Rabbi takes special care to respect both traditions, again with total input from the couple. He will be pleased to co-officiate at weddings, using non-Trinitarian language.

http://jewish.server272.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/RABBI+ARTHUR+SEGAL+OFFICIATING+AT+BEACH+WEDDING+HILTON+HEAD+ISLAND+SC-781513.jpgRabbi Arthur Segal also will do recommitment marriage ceremonies with the same care as he does weddings.

Rabbi will work closely with the wedding planer and/or caterer to make sure the wedding is seamless, and the bride and groom can totally enjoy themselves on their special day.

Rabbi Arthur Segal is available, and actually prefers, to be at the rehearsal, to ensure all is going smoothly, and to get to know the bridal party, and family, before the actual wedding day.

For those that wish to have a Ketubah, rabbi will work closely to make sure everyone's name has correct calligraphy on the document, in English and Hebrew, so the signing ceremony is flawless.

For a beautiful gallery of Ketubahs go to JudaicConnection.com  (My couples receive a $15 shipping discount)

http://jewish.server272.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/morris-wedding-new2.jpg

Rabbi Arthur Segal tries to limit his weddings to Hilton Head, SC, Bluffton, SC, Palmetto Bluff, SC, Savannah, GA, and Charleston, SC, but has been known to make himself available elsewhere, even out of the USA. He will also conduct weddings and recommitment ceremonies on cruise ships.

In keeping with Jewish ethics, if the couple resides in Rabbi Arthur Segal's town, Rabbi will ask, unless there are some special circumstances, if the couple has first asked the local pulpit rabbi to officiate.

http://jewish.server272.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/chuppah-beach.jpg

 
 
 
 
RABBI DR ARTHUR SEGAL www.JewishSpiritualRenewal.com/books www.FaceBook.com/Arthur.L.Segal www.FaceBook.com/RabbiArthurSegalJewishSpiritualRenewalwww.RabbiArthurSegal.blogspot.com 
Jewish Spiritual Renewal
Jewish Renewal
Jewish Spirituality
Hilton Head Island, SC; Bluffton, SC; Savannah, GA
RABBI DR ARTHUR SEGAL www.JewishSpiritualRenewal.com/books www.FaceBook.com/Arthur.L.Segal www.FaceBook.com/RabbiArthurSegalJewishSpiritualRenewal www.RabbiArthurSegal.blogspot.com
Jewish Spiritual Renewal
Jewish Renewal
Jewish Spirituality
Hilton Head Island, SC; Bluffton, SC; Savannah, GA