A Dairy Chanukah

Easy to make and delicious to eat, these dairy recipes are sure to please.

Eight Great Chanukah Gifts for Kids

Being a role model for Jewish values is truly the gift of a lifetime.

Latkes Galore

Instead of the typical oily potato latkes, why not try some of these different ideas?

Miracle of Fire

The Human Potential Movement celebrates the power of man. Chanukah celebrates the power of the Divine.


The Greeks thought that physicality was a primary goal of man.

Alexander and the Jews

The pivotal scene that you won't see in any movie sets the stage for the story of Chanukah.

Reality and Potential

Shoot for the stars or be more realistic? Two perspectives reflected in the Chanukah light.

The Winning Spirit

Tapping into the spiritual energy of Chanukah.

Chanukah Lights and Wrights

The menorah's flames remind us that technology is but a gift from God.

Chanukah in Baghdad

An American Jewish soldier of Iraqi descent lights the Menorah in Saddam Hussein's palace.

The Capture of Saddam: A Chanukah Meditation

Some surprising lessons are unearthed with Saddam Hussein.

Is It the Jewish Christmas?

A pictorial cartoon explanation of Chanukah, for the uninitiated.

Chanukah: To Conceal and Reveal

Nurturing the subtle, contradictory strivings for intimacy.

Chanukah: Seeing in the Darkness

Chanukah and the murder of my son taught me a new way of seeing.

The Beauty and the Light

The Greeks enlightened the world with art, philosophy and science. So why does Torah associate the Greeks with forces of darkness?

Oil or Candles?

To get oil from an olive, you've got to press hard. So too, the Jewish people shine under pressure.

Christmas in Brooklyn

My parents had no clue why they lit the electric menorah on Chanukah.

Holy Temple Lights

The Temple in Jerusalem was a place of concentrated spiritual power and electrifying inspiration.

The Night the Rebbe Danced the Kazatsky

Who could do the kazatzky like Mendel? No one, including the Cossacks who guarded the Czar himself.

Historic Timeline

If an ancient Selucid asked you for directions, would you be able to show him back to his continent and to his period in history?

The Darkness that was Greece

The world of Greece was defined by beauty and philosophy, which many Jews admired. Yet in the end, there had to be a fight to the finish between the two ways of life. Why?

Yehudit and the Decree

The Chanukah story is filled with the dedication and heroism of Jewish women.

Israel's Glory vs. Greek's Beauty

The Greeks restricted the world to physical beauty while the Jews opened the eyes of the world to the spiritual glory that lies deep within.

The Way We Were

In my time, Chanukah gifts meant only a dime. It also meant potato latkes and a visit to grandma.

Chana's 7 Sons

The story of Chana and her seven sons is one of the most heartrending in all of Jewish history.

California Dreamin'

God shines Chanukah light into the seemingly darkest place.

The Piercing Shaft of Light

Each of us has a dark spot concealed from ourselves due to overwhelming pain and shame. How do we turn on the lights?

Holocaust Survival

With the help of God, the Jewish people will outlive their cruel foes and emerge triumphant in the end.

Power of the Menorah

The seven branches represent the seven channels of spiritual self-expression, which can change you forever.

Holocaust Miracle

As in the Time of the Maccabees, a great miracle happened.

Holocaust Oil

Elijah's light still shines.

My Holocaust-Spoon Chanukah

A concentration camp survivor recalls the ingenuity behind a memorable Chanukah observance.

Illuminating the Days of Darkness

The Greeks fought to uproot the Torah, the spiritual compass that kept the Jewish people pointed toward light through the dark exile.

Kindling the Lights of Wisdom

The danger of religion does not lie in religious fervor, but in religious uncertainty.

Publicizing Miracles

When we light Chanukah lights, we help each other remember God's miracles and kindnesses.

Knowledge Vs. Wisdom

The secret of why the Greek empire didn't survive more than a few hundred years.

Greece: The Dark Side

Comparing the Greek exile to the darkness at the beginning of creation.

Zeus and Greek Gods

Tthe Greeks took their gods as seriously as we take the stock market.

Defiling the Holy

The Greeks wanted to tear out the heart of Judaism and reduce it to mere symbolism.

Your Inner Flame

"For God's candle is the soul of man." (Proverbs)

Judaism - A Pleasure!

What motivated the Maccabees to dare and take on the best organized, most powerful military machine in the world?

A Deeper Look

We often don't see what is right in front of us. Why?

The Competitive Urge

To be a brilliant source of light, you don't have to be brighter than all the other stars.

Transcending Limits

Time-traveling with an army general and a CNN correspondent back to the Jewish revolt against the Greeks.

The Al HaNissim Prayer

The meaning of the special prayer of gratitude recited on Chanukah.

Chanukah Post Sept. 11th

Regardless of the insecurity, unpredictability, and appearance of hopelessness, as Jews we need to leave tomorrow to God.

Hellenism: Who Cares?

In many ways America is the cultural by-product of ancient Greece.

How To Work Miracles - The God Factor: Part 2

The distinction between the natural and the miraculous is only one of human perception. Everything that occurs is really a miracle.

The God Factor: Part 1

Chanukah comes to teach us how history can take the most unlikely turns and produce the most improbable victors.

Out of the Closet

My mother, a Holocaust survivor, always said, "You can be a Jew on the inside, but not on the outside." It was just too risky.

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