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Channukah, Pardes and
the Books of the Maccabees
By James Trimm
The Channukah story is found in the Apocrypha in the four Books of the Maccabees. Interestingly these four books recount the Channukah story on each of the Four levels of understanding known in Judaism as PaRDeS.
The Hebrew/Aramaic word PARDES is spelled in Hebrew and Aramaic without vowels as PRDS. PaRDeS refers t…
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