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Hanukkah 101: Understanding The 8 Days Of Light

Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is celebrated for eight days beginning at sundown on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. On the Hebrew calendar, the da...

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.

Why I Will Not Be Celebrating 'Thanksgivukkah'

Rabbi Daniel Brenner | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Brenner

Turkey themed menorahs and pumpkin kugels are all wonderful -- but diluting both festivals and forcing a shared message of "gratitude" or "spirit" is irresponsible.

On Not Decorating Shrubbery This Time of Year

Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.11.2012 | DC
Arin Greenwood

One year I asked my parents if we could get a "Hanukkah bush." "Jews don't decorate shrubbery," was my mom's unhappy answer. Maybe it's precious to me because of its relative asceticism, but I still love our religiously minor, flame-filled holiday.

The Hanukkah Miracle Of Re-dedication

Matisyahu | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Matisyahu

There is always something -- a little spark of divinity, a little oil to make a ray of light to shine in the darkness -- something we can take hold of and use to re-build our lives. All it takes is a little light, a little hope to get started.

Hanukkah, When The Jews Lit Candles Rather Than Celebrate War

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The Bible, with its vision of men one day beating swords into ploughshares and its promise of a future of eternal peace, sees war as savagery in every case but self-defense. The men of Arthur's roundtable may be born for adventure. But the biblical knight of faith is born for service.

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.

Hanukkah's Inextinguishable Light of Hope

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks | Posted 02.07.2013 | Religion
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Something in the human spirit survives even the worst of tragedies, allowing us to rebuild shattered lives, broken institutions and injured nations. That to me is the Jewish story.

Hanukkah 101: Understanding The 8 Days Of Light

Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is celebrated Dec. 8-16, 2012. On the Hebrew calendar, the dates are 25 Kislev to 2 Tevet in the year 5773. ...

For The Separation Of Menorah And State

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Taking a symbol like the menorah, which represents that struggle of adhering to faith in the face of an oppressive Greek culture that believed everything should be secular and rational, and redefining it as having secular connotations contradicts what the menorah represents.

Why I'm Not Telling My Daughters The Story Of Hanukkah

Carla Naumburg | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Carla Naumburg

We will be celebrating Hanukkah once again this year, lighting candles, eating latkes, opening presents and spinning dreidels. We'll sing Hanukkah songs. We'll talk about the holiday a lot, but I'm not going to tell my girls the story of Judah the Maccabee. Not yet.

Hanukkah Light: Looking Out and In During the Holiday Season

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2013 | Parents
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

Nature has parked itself on small sections of our city's corner. Soon, the trees will be gone, my son observes, sold to homes where they will decorate living rooms and be adorned with bows, ornaments, trinkets and gifts. His living room will be empty of such wonder.

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.

Tim Tebow And The Lessons Of Hanukkah

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

Men and women who are grateful to God for daily miracles as well as extraordinary acts of salvation may subscribe to either of the stories of Hanukkah.

Is The Menorah A Jewish Or Human Brand?

Chava Tombosky | Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion
Chava Tombosky

The menorah is a brand that stands for faith in the everlasting, for transcendental transformation and the power to reshape our fragmented world. And its light cannot be hoarded.

A Love Letter To Hanukkah

Joe Winkler | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion
Joe Winkler

Dear Hanukkah, I love you, but I hate your cultural representation. I don't blame you. I know that your calendar slot dooms your loveliness.

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.

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.

Bah, Hitchens

Daniel Radosh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Daniel Radosh

Christopher Hitchens spreads a little holiday cheer today with an essay denouncing Hanukkah. Like all Hitchens' work on religion, it's smart, witty and totally frustrating.