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Judah Maccabee

A Different Type of Hero

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Naphtali Hoff

Judah's heroism was rooted in the purest of all sources, a zealous love of his religion. He fought not for his own selfish end, nor from a passion for victory on the battlefield.

The Miraculous Hanukkah-Seed

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

On Hanukkah we wish one another, Hanukkah same'ah! 'Happy Hanukkah!' Because it's a celebration, a remembrance of something good, a time in our mythic past when our ancestors saw miracles . . . and needed them.

Mel Gets Jewish Movie Rival

Hollywood Reporter | Posted 11.28.2011 | Entertainment

The war for Hanukkah is on. Or Hollywood's version of it anyway. Producer Bruce Nash (Modern Marvels) is pulling together a version of the Hanukkah o...

Could Mel Gibson Be Good for the Maccabees?

Danielle Berrin | Posted 11.22.2011 | Entertainment
Danielle Berrin

As loathsome and absurd as it may seem, Mel Gibson's plan to produce a movie about the Maccabees is not an existential threat to Jews, unless he decides to change the ending so that the Maccabees lose.

Heroes Of Hanukkah: God, Maccabees And You

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

What do we have in common with Judah Maccabee? A potential for heroism. In an age when people question whether there really are heroes anymore, Hanukkah reminds us that there are always heroes.

Judah the Maccabee's Five Lessons for Barack Obama

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aaron Zelinsky

From the story of Chanukah, we see how not to fight a guerrilla insurgency. From the Maccabees, we learn how to rally a people and a nation. Here are Chanukah's five geopolitical lessons.