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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…

Pure Olive Oil
Pure Olive Oil

While a large number of Jews today light Chanukah candles, the more traditional custom is to light the Chanukah menorah with olive oil. This is done in order to most accurately recreate the original miracle.When God instructed Moses on the construction…

Chanukah Yum
Chanukah Yum

While Jewish holidays are known for their food (except Yom Kippur, of course), most of these foods are not known for being particularly healthy. Chanukah is no exception. Forget matzah or apples, those are healthy in comparison–pull out your deep frye…

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