by Sarah Pachter
by Rabbi Avi Shafran
Indispensable to the Jewish worldview is the idea that humans are unique, that we possess a spiritual component and that our actions are freely chosen.
by Miriam Kosman
It’s the radiance emanating from within the home, not the dazzle from without, that ultimately lights up the darkness.
by Tzvi Nightingale
What is the essential philosophical difference between the Greeks and the Jews?
by Rabbi Dovid Rosenfeld
by Gabriel Ethans
The Last Jedi, Chanukah and the battle between the forces of light and darkness.
Chief Editor's Blog
by Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith
The mohel instructed me to hold the baby’s legs tight, thrusting me into the reality of what was unfolding.
by Rabbi Efrem Goldberg
Why is Hanukkah called the holiday of vision?
by Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider
Why that small flask of pure oil is like the heart of every Jew.
The actress's desire for a Christmas tree isn't trivial. It represents the contemporary Jew's struggle to hold onto her Jewish identity.
When it comes to spirituality, never take no for an answer.
by Karen Wolfers Rapaport
Understanding Judaism’s requirement to generate light on three different occasions.
Rabbi Benjamin Blech
by Rabbi Benjamin Blech
Why relight the menorah when reason dictated that a day later it would go dark once again?
by Rabbi Menachem Lehrfield
Why did Judaism pose such a great threat to ancient Greece?
Sara Yoheved Rigler
by Sara Yoheved Rigler
Who are the heroes of Hanukkah?
by Debbie Gutfreund
Hanukkah is a special time for us to say thank You for all the little and big miracles in our lives.
The similarities – and essential differences – between Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.
by Jason Elbaum
Lighting Hanukkah candles is a brave act in the Maccabean tradition.
The Maccabees realized that there is a time to fight.
by Joel Padowitz
Understanding the cultural clash between the Greeks and the Jews.
Understanding the meaning of the Chanukah battle, a war unlike any other.
by Matisyahu and Ephraim Rosenstein
Light up and be a hero.
by Lawrence Kelemen
The military victory and the burning oil provide a deep lesson in self-discovery.
by Yechezkel Freundlich
The Jewish definition of “miraculous” is different from Merriam-Webster.
Why didn't God simply give the Jews an eight-day supply of oil?
by Dr. Simcha Shapiro
Chanukah's eight powerful tools for bringing some light into the darkness.
Is a beautiful golf swing enough to make you a hero?
by Rabbi Doniel Baron
The astonishing connection between the two reflects the deeper meaning of Hanukkah.
What's the difference between nature and the miraculous?
Is it a Jewish value to yield or to resist?
What you and I today would have written off as an act of insanity, was in fact one of the greatest deeds in Jewish history.
The astonishing connection between Alexander the Great and the Jewish high priest.
by Rabbi Eytan Feiner
The discrepancy in how the Hanukkah dreidel and Purim gragger are spun reflect a profound lesson in the nature of the two holidays.
by Rabbi Baruch Beyer
Miracles don't happen anymore, do they?
The Greeks thought that physicality was a primary goal of man.
Some surprising lessons are unearthed with Saddam Hussein.
by Rabbi Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
Nurturing the subtle, contradictory strivings for intimacy.
by Sherri Lederman Mandell
Chanukah and the murder of my son taught me a new way of seeing.
by Debbie Hirschmann
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.
by Shimon Apisdorf
Tthe Greeks took their gods as seriously as we take the stock market.
Comparing the Greek exile to the darkness at the beginning of creation.
by Rabbi Shraga Simmons
When we light Chanukah lights, we help each other remember God's miracles and kindnesses.
The secret of why the Greek empire didn't survive more than a few hundred years.
by Dina Coopersmith
The Greeks enlightened the world with art, philosophy and science. So why does Torah associate them with forces of darkness?
by Rabbi Yonason Goldson
The danger of religion does not lie in religious fervor, but in religious uncertainty.
The Greeks fought to uproot the Torah, the spiritual compass that kept the Jewish people pointed toward light through the dark exile.
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