At My Grandson’s Bris: Hanukkah, Self-Sacrifice and the Infinite

The mohel instructed me to hold the baby’s legs tight, thrusting me into the reality of what was unfolding.

Hanukkah: Seeing Beyond the Surface

Why is Hanukkah called the holiday of vision?

Hanukkah & the Essence of True Beauty

Why did Judaism pose such a great threat to ancient Greece?

Natalie Portman's Christmas Tree

The actress's desire for a Christmas tree isn't trivial. It represents the contemporary Jew's struggle to hold onto her Jewish identity.

Holy Jewish Chutzpah

When it comes to spirituality, never take no for an answer.

Three Lights: Hanukkah, Shabbat and Havdallah

Understanding Judaism’s requirement to generate light on three different occasions.

Never Give Up Hope

Why relight the menorah when reason dictated that a day later it would go dark once again?

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.

Thanksgivukkah

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

Flames of Rebellion

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

Jews and War

The Maccabees realized that there is a time to fight.

I Wanna Be a Maccabee

Who are the heroes of Chanukah?

Let There Be Light

Understanding the cultural clash between the Greeks and the Jews.

Assimilation & the Chanukah Oil

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

The Beauty Wars

The Chanukah battle isn't over yet.

Miracle on Ice - Chanukah Edition

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

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?

The Chanukah Question

Is it a Jewish value to yield or to resist?

Chanukah and Burnout

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

The Miracle of Chanukah

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

Eight Ways to Banish the Darkness

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

Beauty and the Greeks

What was the underlying conflict between Jewish and Greek philosophy?

Tiger Woods and Chanukah

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

Taking Up Arms

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

What's the difference between nature and the miraculous?

Chanukah: Seeing in the Darkness

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

Chanukah: The Prequel

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

Natural is Supernatural, Naturally

Miracles don't happen anymore, do they?

Spinning the Dreidel

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

Soulless

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

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?

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.

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.

Chanukah: To Conceal and Reveal

Nurturing the subtle, contradictory strivings for intimacy.

The Capture of Saddam: A Chanukah Meditation

Some surprising lessons are unearthed with Saddam Hussein.

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.

Destruction of Joseph's Tomb: A Kabbalistic View

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

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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