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Queen Shlomtzion: In the Spirit of the Maccabees

Queen Shlomtzion: In the Spirit of the Maccabees

Another instance in Jewish history when a woman saves the day.

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When Christmas and Hanukkah Crashed

When Christmas and Hanukkah Crashed

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For the first time in my life, I was the only Jew in the group.

These Small Lights

These Small Lights

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Chanukah reminds us that we are not the same as everyone else.

Spark of Hope

Spark of Hope

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Cancer I could laugh at. It was remission that was so difficult.

The Holiday Card

The Holiday Card

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A small Chanukah miracle for a lonely Jewish soldier in Iraq.

Chanukah Unplugged

Chanukah Unplugged

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Our Chanukah candles shone extra-bright last year. That's because they were the only lights in our house.

Chanukah in the Soviet Gulag

Chanukah in the Soviet Gulag

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When the enemy answered "amen."

A Chanukah Carol

A Chanukah Carol

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In one moment of silence, my Jewish identity was born.

Chanukah in Iowa

Chanukah in Iowa

by Miriam Meir

I was the only Jewish child in the auditorium, and sometimes felt I was the only Jewish girl in the entire world.

A Jewish Child on Christmas

A Jewish Child on Christmas

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My parents succeeded in creating a wonderful Christmas - yet inside me something was amiss.

Light in the Strangest of Places

Light in the Strangest of Places

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At a Grateful Dead concert one Chanukah, I felt like the only Jew in the world. Then an amazing thing happened.

The Candles and the Tree

The Candles and the Tree

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A child who sees no difference between the flames of the menorah and the twinkling lights of the tree.

My Last Line of Defense

My Last Line of Defense

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How Chanukah kept me Jewish when all else failed.

Hippie Chanukah

Hippie Chanukah

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Amidst the pre-Xmas frenzy, a group of idealistic college students unexpectedly discover Chanukah's quiet illumination.

The Blazing Mezuzah

The Blazing Mezuzah

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In the midst of a fraternity party, my Jewish spark was unexpectedly ignited.

Chanukah Lights Dancing

Chanukah Lights Dancing

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Chanukah's tiny lights brazenly face the night's bitter challenge, transforming fear into a soft caress of hope.

A Great Miracle Happened

A Great Miracle Happened

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As a Jew, I was always a little different. That would become my greatest asset.

Christmas in Brooklyn

Christmas in Brooklyn

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

The Night the Rebbe Danced the Kazatsky

The Night the Rebbe Danced the Kazatsky

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

Chanukah in Baghdad

Chanukah in Baghdad

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

The Way We Were

The Way We Were

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

California Dreamin'

California Dreamin'

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God shines Chanukah light into the seemingly darkest place.

The Piercing Shaft of Light

The Piercing Shaft of Light

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

Chanukah Eyes

Chanukah Eyes

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How can our homemade menorahs compete with all the dazzling lights of Christmas?