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The Holiday Party Scene: How to Dazzle Your Friends With 8 Lesser-Known Hanukkah Facts

Rabbi Laura Baum | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Baum

'Tis the season! If you're like me, you have cocktail parties ahead. This means you need some fun facts up your sleeve so you can be the life of the party. At the very least, it's better than trying to win the ugly Christmas sweater contest!

Did You Know Cleopatra Is in the Bible?

Angela Jamene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

Before I write anything I always open my bible. If you aren't like-minded this may sound bonkers: Everything in there is give or take 2,000 years old, but this is the meaning of 'The Living Word.' It can and will speak to you.

5 Lessons Of Hanukkah To Unwrap

Ellen Frankel | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Ellen Frankel

Too often, the holidays have become commercialized and the season can feel pressured with shopping and rushing and planning. Taking a step back can offer the opportunity to connect with the wisdom of tradition and to rekindle the spirit of today and the hope of tomorrow.

WATCH: Making Your Hanukkah Lights Count

Rabbi Ted Falcon | Posted 02.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Ted Falcon

Light illuminates worlds. The Hanukkah candles are meant to illuminate that which we would wish to celebrate as real in our world.

The Truth(s) About Hanukkah

Shawna Dolansky | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Shawna Dolansky

The truth about the Maccabees is a slippery one. National liberators or religious fanatics? Freedom fighters or terrorists? The truth depends on who's telling their story, and for what purpose.

Hanukkah And How War Should Be Celebrated

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

For Jews, practicing our religion has never been as straightforward. Throughout history we have had to fight and die simply to observe our faith. Hanukkah represents a triumphant moment.

Ghost Stories: Israel's Past Comes to Life

Angela Himsel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Angela Himsel

"I'm having a love affair," our cousin Motti confides, "with ghosts." It's a pitch-black night but artificial light glows on the walls of Jerusalem's Old City just beyond us.

The Spiritual Messages Of Hanukkah And Christmas ... And Their Downsides

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Lerner

Christmas and Hanukkah share a spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope in a world of darkness, oppression and despair.

Meatless Monday: Some Kind of Miracle

Ellen Kanner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

There's no going back in time to an all-agrarian world. But returning to growing more sustainable food, like barley, wouldn't hurt.

The Miracle(s) Of Hanukkah

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

What is the real miracle of Hanukkah? It is the miracle of human courage that empowers us to take risks for the future even in our imperfect, uncertain world. It is the courage, even in the darkest of times, to create our own light.

Responding to Hitchens on Chanukah

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Michael Lerner

The story of Chanukah is a story of resilience and courage. Unfortunately for some, it is also a story of rejecting Western values. This is why that belief is not correct.

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.

Under Stimulated: Building Trains and Other Stuff We Need Rather Than What Wall Street Dictates

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

I'm making real investment in fast trains that run where people live and want to go my wish for the New Year.

Hanukkah: How to Celebrate (And Clean Up After) the Festival of Lights

Michael DeJong | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael DeJong

Yes, Hanukkah candles drip. There are always distractions from every family ritual, but try to "be in the moment." Don't slip into "freak-out" mode just because something isn't going as planned.

The Spirit of Chanukah

Eric Lurio | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eric Lurio

I guess it was inevitable that Chanukah would become "Christmas Lite," and did so years ago. For much of the last century, Chanukah is a festival that exists out of envy, like Kwanzaa.