It is unacceptable that the Jewish people are not mobilized on behalf of their fellow Jews.
A quick play-by-play recounting of the Purim story - how Mordechai and Esther pulled off the save of the century.
In Hebrew, Esther means "to hide or conceal" - the purpose behind masks and costumes. At Purim time, costumes take on an added significance.
The key points of history show how easily the mighty can fall, and how survival of the Jews depends on a connection to God.
For the Maccabees, it was not physical life at stake, but the spiritual life of the Jew.
The Purim holiday offers creative activities to help children bond to their Jewish identity. Here's how parents can maximize the holiday.
It's fun to take part in the shopping season, but is "gifting" a part of Chanukah?
Education, dedication, and beginning. These are the 3 meanings of the word "Chanukah". What do they stand for?
Jewish survival and Jewish revival begins in the Jewish home.
What the Hanukkah dreidel was 'back then' and how we can learn from it today.
What's the deeper meaning of money and what does it have to do with Chanukah?
With today's manufacturing processes, if it doesn't say "kosher," you can't be exactly sure what's in there!
To get oil from an olive, you've got to press hard. So too, the Jewish people shine under pressure.
The Temple in Jerusalem was a place of concentrated spiritual power and electrifying inspiration.
The Chanukah story is filled with the dedication and heroism of Jewish women.
The story of Chana and her seven sons is one of the most heartrending in all of Jewish history.
God shines Chanukah light into the seemingly darkest place.
As in the Time of the Maccabees, a great miracle happened.
Elijah the Prophet occupies a fascinating role in Jewish history.
The Haggadah's Four Sons are really each of us, struggling to find our path in life and in the Jewish world.
Comparing the Greek exile to the darkness at the beginning of creation.
Tthe Greeks took their gods as seriously as we take the stock market.
Time-traveling with an army general and a CNN correspondent back to the Jewish revolt against the Greeks.
The meaning of the special prayer of gratitude recited on Chanukah.
When the Jews attended the king's party, they thought it was all just a "good time". Or was it a slap in the face of Jewish culture and tradition?
In many ways America is the cultural by-product of ancient Greece.
Freedom is not defined as coming and going as you please. True freedom is making independent choices -- and achieving meaningful goals in life.
Trying to make the world a better place is a deep drive within every human being. But somewhere along the way, many give up and trade in that value for more creature comforts.
Disciplining oneself to observe the mitzvot of the Torah sounds about as fun as twisting oneself into a pretzel. But as any virtuoso will testify, it is from discipline that greatness springs forth.
Humans can sometimes get stuck in a trap of self-delusion that is as confining as any prison. The good news is there's a way out.
If this Tsunami was a shofar, then there is at least one word that seems to be calling out to us from its stormy voice: Humanity.
There were no "Charedim" (orthodox Jews) who died in Sbarro.
Even within hell, it takes a truly twisted and evil mind to smash a boot down on the face of a porcelain doll and declare war on a child.
In difficult times, we can't continue as if nothing has happened.