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Menashe and Ephraim
Menashe and Ephraim

Joseph’s two sons, Menashe and Ephraim, are familiar names because…

Surviving Via Shanghai
Surviving Via Shanghai

In his youth, Rabbi Chaim Shmulevitz probably never imagined that he would visit…

Putting Chanukah In Perspective
Putting Chanukah In Perspective

The events of Chanukah took place about 150 years after the death of…

Hannah and Her Sons
Hannah and Her Sons

The story of Hannah and her seven sons is a story of the Jewish resistance to…

Beauty and the Greeks
Beauty and the Greeks

What does Noah’s son Yephet have to do with the story of Chanukah and the mitzvah of circumcision?

Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages

Maoz Tzur is one of the best known Hebrew piyyutim…

Spin the Dreidel
Spin the Dreidel

The dreidel is a four sided top, with a single Hebrew letter on each of its sides. Before the game begins, all players are…

Book of Maccabees
Book of Maccabees

Chanukah is neither directly ordained in the Torah (like Rosh Hashana, Passover, etc.) nor mentioned in…

The Challenge of Fitting In
The Challenge of Fitting In

The weekly Torah reading of Miketz (Genesis 41:1-44:17), which almost always coincides with…

Chanukah and Divine Order
Chanukah and Divine Order

Chanukah always overlaps with at least one Shabbat (if not two), and since Chanukah begins on…

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