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Essay
Were the Maccabees Wrong to Fight?

When we kindle our Chanukah candles each year, the light that glows is the spirit of faith and determination of the Maccabees.
The Fire That Does Not Burn

If there was enough oil to last for one day, the miracle of Chanukah was the seven additional days, so why kindle Chanukah candles for eight?
Your Questions
Why Candles (Not Oil) for Synagogue Menorah?

Rabbi Moses Sofer, known as the Chatam Sofer (1762–1839), writes that in most synagogues that he visited, they lit with beeswax. Was this ideal?
I Always Feel Like I’m Getting My Parenting Wrong

Is there any escape from mother guilt and feeling lousy?
Can Observant Jews Be Climate Activists?

Are there any issues I should be careful to avoid when approaching religious Jews on the topic of sustainability?
Jewish News
Parshah
Why Joseph Changed His Clothing

Even in Egypt, Joseph remained committed to the religion of his youth and the G‑d of his forefathers. What was his secret?
The Visionary Soul

Where is that fine line between healthy self-compassion and debilitating self-pity?
By the Numbers
Take the Chanukah Menorah Quiz

Test your menorah knowledge!
Inspiration
A Tale of Two Kidneys and an Unlikely Friendship

What is the likelihood of an Orthodox woman born in Brooklyn donating a kidney to a non-observant man from Ukraine in a hospital in Tel Aviv?
Lifestyle
And you shall take for yourselves on the first day [of Sukkot] the splendid fruit of a tree, fronds of dates, the branch of the thick-leafed tree and willows of the river.
— Leviticus 23:40
Print Magazine

Joseph had spent an entire year in prison when one morning he noticed that two Egyptian prisoners seemed more unhappy than usual.

So he asked them what was wrong. And out of that question, years later, emerged not only his own release from prison, but the rescue of all Egypt, indeed all the known world, from a famine of...