Chanukah

Chanukah Lights and Wrights

The menorah's flames remind us that technology is but a gift from God.

The Winning Spirit

Tapping into the spiritual energy of Chanukah.

A Great Miracle Happened

As a Jew, I was always a little different. That would become my greatest asset.

Lively Overview of Chanukah

Insights from the Midrash and contemporary sages.

Chanukah in Baghdad

An American Jewish soldier of Iraqi descent lights the Menorah in Saddam Hussein's palace.

The Capture of Saddam: A Chanukah Meditation

Some surprising lessons are unearthed with Saddam Hussein.

Is Hanukkah the Jewish Christmas?

A pictorial cartoon explanation of Chanukah, for the uninitiated.

Chanukah: To Conceal and Reveal

Nurturing the subtle, contradictory strivings for intimacy.

Hanukkah: Lighting on Erev Shabbos

Navigating the delicate moments on Friday afternoon of Chanukah.

Menorah, Oil and Wicks

In-depth laws of how to perform the Chanukah mitzvah properly.

Where to Light the Hanukkah Menorah

The proper placement of the menorah, for a variety of situations.

Chanukah: Seeing in the Darkness

Chanukah and the murder of my son taught me a new way of seeing.

Out of the Closet

My mother, a Holocaust survivor, always said, "You can be a Jew on the inside, but not on the outside." It was just too risky.

Family Parsha_

We all love beauty. But what makes something or someone beautiful?

Winning the Game

To win, you don't have to be physically stronger or more skilled than your opponent. Where it counts is in the heart.

One Miracle? No, Two!

Dizzy the Dreidel Top has come to take you for a ride back in time.

A Serious Game

A story that takes place in one of the caves where Jewish children would meet their rabbi every day to learn and study in secret.

Chanukah Family Guide

When does the family join together to light the Chanukah menorah? How do we light? What time do we light?...and a special Chanukah story.

Chanukah Recipes

Delicious latkes and doughnuts to enhance your Chanukah table.

How to Plan a Great Hanukkah Party

Everything you need for a great Chanukah Party!

Chana's 7 Sons

The story of Chana and her seven sons is one of the most heartrending in all of Jewish history.

Yehudit and the Decree

The Chanukah story is filled with the dedication and heroism of Jewish women.

Zeus and Greek Gods

Tthe Greeks took their gods as seriously as we take the stock market.

Defiling the Holy

The Greeks wanted to tear out the heart of Judaism and reduce it to mere symbolism.

Greece: The Dark Side

Comparing the Greek exile to the darkness at the beginning of creation.

Hellenism: Who Cares?

In many ways America is the cultural by-product of ancient Greece.

Matityahu's Revolt

For the Maccabees, it was not physical life at stake, but the spiritual life of the Jew.

The Al HaNissim Prayer

The meaning of the special prayer of gratitude recited on Chanukah.

Transcending Limits

Time-traveling with an army general and a CNN correspondent back to the Jewish revolt against the Greeks.

The Competitive Urge

To be a brilliant source of light, you don't have to be brighter than all the other stars.

Judaism - A Pleasure!

What motivated the Maccabees to dare and take on the best organized, most powerful military machine in the world?

Your Inner Flame

"For God's candle is the soul of man." (Proverbs)

Chanukah Post Sept. 11th

Regardless of the insecurity, unpredictability, and appearance of hopelessness, as Jews we need to leave tomorrow to God.

Holy Temple Lights

The Temple in Jerusalem was a place of concentrated spiritual power and electrifying inspiration.

Publicizing Miracles

When we light Chanukah lights, we help each other remember God's miracles and kindnesses.

Family Illuminations

Jewish survival and Jewish revival begins in the Jewish home.

Oil or Candles?

To get oil from an olive, you've got to press hard. So too, the Jewish people shine under pressure.

Knowledge Vs. Wisdom

The secret of why the Greek empire didn't survive more than a few hundred years.

My Holocaust-Spoon Chanukah

A concentration camp survivor recalls the ingenuity behind a memorable Chanukah observance.

Holocaust Oil

Elijah's light still shines.

Holocaust Miracle

As in the Time of the Maccabees, a great miracle happened.

Holocaust Survival

With the help of God, the Jewish people will outlive their cruel foes and emerge triumphant in the end.

California Dreamin'

God shines Chanukah light into the seemingly darkest place.

Christmas in Brooklyn

My parents had no clue why they lit the electric menorah on Chanukah.

The Way We Were

In my time, Chanukah gifts meant only a dime. It also meant potato latkes and a visit to grandma.

The Piercing Shaft of Light

Each of us has a dark spot concealed from ourselves due to overwhelming pain and shame. How do we turn on the lights?

The Night the Rebbe Danced the Kazatsky

Who could do the kazatzky like Mendel? No one, including the Cossacks who guarded the Czar himself.

Hanukkah: The Spiritual Battle Between Light and Darkness

The Greeks enlightened the world with art, philosophy and science. So why does Torah associate them with forces of darkness?

Power of the Menorah

The seven branches represent the seven channels of spiritual self-expression, which can change you forever.

Empower Your Jewish Journey

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