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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.

Kindling the Lights of Wisdom

The danger of religion does not lie in religious fervor, but in religious uncertainty.

Illuminating the Days of Darkness

The Greeks fought to uproot the Torah, the spiritual compass that kept the Jewish people pointed toward light through the dark exile.

A Deeper Look

We often don't see what is right in front of us. Why?

Israel's Glory vs. Greek's Beauty

The Greeks restricted the world to physical beauty while the Jews opened the eyes of the world to the spiritual glory that lies deep within.

The Darkness that was Greece

The world of Greece was defined by beauty and philosophy, which many Jews admired. Yet in the end, there had to be a fight to the finish between the two ways of life. Why?

Historic Timeline

If an ancient Selucid asked you for directions, would you be able to show him back to his continent and to his period in history?

Why Chanukah Gelt?

What's the deeper meaning of money and what does it have to do with Chanukah?

Hanukkah Dreidel Secrets

What the Hanukkah dreidel was 'back then' and how we can learn from it today.

What Does Hanukkah Mean?

Education, dedication, and beginning. These are the 3 meanings of the word "Chanukah". What do they stand for?

8 Surprising Lessons from the Laws of Chanukah

A closer examination of the laws and customs of Chanukah yields some surprising insights.

Why 8 Days of Hanukkah?

The number eight transcends the natural world

Giving Gifts

It's fun to take part in the shopping season, but is "gifting" a part of Chanukah?

Sara Yoheved Rigler

How To Work Miracles - The God Factor: Part 2

The distinction between the natural and the miraculous is only one of human perception. Everything that occurs is really a miracle.

Sara Yoheved Rigler

The God Factor: Part 1

Chanukah comes to teach us how history can take the most unlikely turns and produce the most improbable victors.

History Crash Course #29: Revolt of the Maccabees

The Jewish revolt against the Greeks sets a precedent as the world's first religious war.

Destruction of Joseph's Tomb: A Kabbalistic View

Shechem -- where Joseph was sold into slavery and later buried -- is where redemption will begin with acts of destruction.

Beauty and the Greeks

What was the underlying conflict between Jewish and Greek philosophy?

8 Nights, 8 Heroes

Inspiring stories to share around the Chanukah lights.

Chanukah Eyes

How can our homemade menorahs compete with all the dazzling lights of Christmas?

Chanukah: Crafting Jewish

Fun Chanukah craft ideas for the whole family.

Aish.com's Chanukah Reader

A 10-page booklet to enlighten your Chanukah.

Sara Yoheved Rigler

The Beauty Wars

Why the Hanukkah battle isn't over yet.

The Triumph of Hanukkah

Chanukah was established to commemorate the very opposite of cultural assimilation.

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