The actress's desire for a Christmas tree isn't trivial. It represents the contemporary Jew's struggle to hold onto her Jewish identity.
Why that small flask of pure oil is like the heart of every Jew.
Understanding Judaism’s requirement to generate light on three different occasions.
Why relight the menorah when reason dictated that a day later it would go dark once again?
Hanukkah is a special time for us to say thank You for all the little and big miracles in our lives.
The similarities – and essential differences – between Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.
Lighting Hanukkah candles is a brave act in the Maccabean tradition.
Understanding the cultural clash between the Greeks and the Jews.
Understanding the meaning of the Chanukah battle, a war unlike any other.
The Jewish definition of “miraculous” is different from Merriam-Webster.
The Greeks enlightened the world with art, philosophy and science. So why does Torah associate the Greeks with forces of darkness?
Why didn't God simply give the Jews an eight-day supply of oil?
The military victory and the burning oil provide a deep lesson in self-discovery.
Chanukah's eight powerful tools for bringing some light into the darkness.
What was the underlying conflict between Jewish and Greek philosophy?
Is a beautiful golf swing enough to make you a hero?
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.
Chanukah and the murder of my son taught me a new way of seeing.
The astonishing connection between Alexander the Great and the Jewish high priest.
The discrepancy in how the Chanukah dreidel and Purim gragger are spun reflect a profound lesson in the nature of the two holidays.
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?
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 Greeks fought to uproot the Torah, the spiritual compass that kept the Jewish people pointed toward light through the dark exile.
The danger of religion does not lie in religious fervor, but in religious uncertainty.
Nurturing the subtle, contradictory strivings for intimacy.
Some surprising lessons are unearthed with Saddam Hussein.
When we light Chanukah lights, we help each other remember God's miracles and kindnesses.
The secret of why the Greek empire didn't survive more than a few hundred years.
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.
Shechem -- where Joseph was sold into slavery and later buried -- is where redemption will begin with acts of destruction.