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Three Ways to Give Thanks this Hanukkah

Three Ways to Give Thanks this Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a special time for us to say thank You for all the little and big miracles in our lives.

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Thanksgivukkah

Thanksgivukkah

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The similarities – and essential differences – between Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.

Flames of Rebellion

Flames of Rebellion

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Lighting Hanukkah candles is a brave act in the Maccabean tradition.

Jews and War

Jews and War

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The Maccabees realized that there is a time to fight.

I Wanna Be a Maccabee

I Wanna Be a Maccabee

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Who are the heroes of Chanukah?

Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light

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Understanding the cultural clash between the Greeks and the Jews.

Assimilation & the Chanukah Oil

Assimilation & the Chanukah Oil

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Understanding the meaning of the Chanukah battle, a war unlike any other.

Matisyahu's 8 Chanukah Insights

Matisyahu's 8 Chanukah Insights

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Light up and be a hero.

The Beauty Wars

The Beauty Wars

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The Chanukah battle isn't over yet.

Miracle on Ice - Chanukah Edition

Miracle on Ice - Chanukah Edition

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The Jewish definition of “miraculous” is different from Merriam-Webster.

The Beauty and the Light

The Beauty and the Light

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

The Chanukah Question

The Chanukah Question

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Is it a Jewish value to yield or to resist?

Chanukah and Burnout

Chanukah and Burnout

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Why didn't God simply give the Jews an eight-day supply of oil?

The Miracle of Chanukah

The Miracle of Chanukah

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The military victory and the burning oil provide a deep lesson in self-discovery.

Eight Ways to Banish the Darkness

Eight Ways to Banish the Darkness

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Chanukah's eight powerful tools for bringing some light into the darkness.

Out of the Closet

Out of the Closet

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My mother the Holocaust survivor said: "Be a Jew on the inside, but not the outside." It's too risky.

Beauty and the Greeks

Beauty and the Greeks

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What was the underlying conflict between Jewish and Greek philosophy?

Tiger Woods and Chanukah

Tiger Woods and Chanukah

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Is a beautiful golf swing enough to make you a hero?

Taking Up Arms

Taking Up Arms

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What you and I today would have written off as an act of insanity, was in fact one of the greatest deeds in Jewish history.

The Nature of Nature

The Nature of Nature

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What's the difference between nature and the miraculous?

Chanukah: Seeing in the Darkness

Chanukah: Seeing in the Darkness

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

Chanukah: The Prequel

Chanukah: The Prequel

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The astonishing connection between Alexander the Great and the Jewish high priest.

Natural is Supernatural, Naturally

Natural is Supernatural, Naturally

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Miracles don't happen anymore, do they?

Spinning the Dreidel

Spinning the Dreidel

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The discrepancy in how the Chanukah dreidel and Purim gragger are spun reflect a profound lesson in the nature of the two holidays.

Soulless

Soulless

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

The Darkness that was Greece

The Darkness that was Greece

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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?

Israel's Glory vs. Greek's Beauty

Israel's Glory vs. Greek's Beauty

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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.

Illuminating the Days of Darkness

Illuminating the Days of Darkness

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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

Kindling the Lights of Wisdom

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

Chanukah: To Conceal and Reveal

Chanukah: To Conceal and Reveal

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Nurturing the subtle, contradictory strivings for intimacy.

The Capture of Saddam: A Chanukah Meditation

The Capture of Saddam: A Chanukah Meditation

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Some surprising lessons are unearthed with Saddam Hussein.

Publicizing Miracles

Publicizing Miracles

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

Knowledge Vs. Wisdom

Knowledge Vs. Wisdom

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

Greece: The Dark Side

Greece: The Dark Side

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

Zeus and Greek Gods

Zeus and Greek Gods

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

Destruction of Joseph's Tomb: A Kabbalistic View

Destruction of Joseph's Tomb: A Kabbalistic View

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Shechem -- where Joseph was sold into slavery and later buried -- is where redemption will begin with acts of estruction.

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