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Become an expert on this widely celebrated but barely understood Jewish wintertime festival.
There's a leak in the system. Some warriors punched a hole in the box over two thousand years ago, and every year, at this time, it leaks again. We're hoping that this year it won't stop.
Nothing could be more bleak than the future the Maccabees faced.
A biblical history of the Jews
The Hasmoneans form a band of guerilla fighters called the Maccabees to defeat the wave of Hellenistic assimilation. After their miraculous victory, however, new troubles arose that would ultimately lead to the destruction of the Second Temple.
We must search for that holy olive oil within our souls.
We must search for that holy olive oil within our souls.
In preparation for Chanukah, my friend and I decided to study the tractate of the Mishnah that discusses the holiday. We were surprised to learn, however, that there is no such tractate. Why is that?
The menorah is so powerful that it can rectify evil in its lowest form
The menorah is so powerful that it can rectify evil in its lowest form
The Woman Who Saved the Day
The sun had already begun to set when Yehudit wound her way toward the enemy’s camp. “I have an important message for your commander,” she said to the sentry. “Take me to him at once!”
This incident with Yehudit teaches us that a woman was a very special and important part of the Chanukah miracle...
Heroism and Martyrdom
"My children," Chanah said, "tell your ancestor Abraham: You bound one son upon an altar, but I bound seven..."
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