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2105 BCE Flood rains cease
The forty days and nights of rainfall which covered the face of earth with water in Noah's time ended... Read More »
139 BCE 3rd Day of Chanukah Miracle
On the 25th of Kislev in the year 3622 from creation, the Maccabees liberated the Holy Temple in... Read More »
1817 Passing of R. Chaim of Tchernovitz
Rabbi Chaim of Tchernovitz (1760-1817) was a disciple of the Maggid of Mezritch and of Rabbi Yechiel... Read More »
1800 2nd liberation of R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi
Two years after his arrest and liberation in 1798 (see entries for "Kislev 19" and here), Rabbi... Read More »
In commemorartion of the miracle of Chanukah (see "Today in Jewish History" for Kislev 25) we kindle... Read More »
Special prayers of thanksgiving -- Hallel (in its full version) and Al HaNissim -- are added to the... Read More »
On Chanukah we eat foods fried in oil -- such as latkes (potato cakes) and sufganiot (doughnuts) ... Read More »
It is customary to play dreidel -- a game played with a spinning top inscribed with the... Read More »
It is an age-old custom to distribute gifts of Chanukah gelt ("Chanukah money") to children on... Read More »
The Torah commands that "No leaven, nor any honey, shall be offered by fire to G-d" (Leviticus 2:11). Ultra-sweet honey and ultra-sour leaven, are opposite extremes; G-d does not like extremes.
– Chassidic master Rabbi Mendel of Kotzk

The history of humankind is not about the rise and fall of empires, nor about their wars and their conquests. It is about a different sort of battle, the battle over whether the Creator of this place belongs here below or in some heaven above.

Those who believe He belongs in His heavens destroy the earth. Those who...

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