Flames of Rebellion

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

Hanukkah’s 4-Point Battle Plan

The Maccabees’ eternal lessons for preserving Jewish continuity and pride.

Let There Be Light

Understanding the cultural clash between the Greeks and the Jews.

Miracle on Ice - Chanukah Edition

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

Eight Ways to Banish the Darkness

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

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.

Chanukah and the Heroic Jewish Woman

Are we willing to fight for what’s right?

Beauty and the Greeks

What was the underlying conflict between Jewish and Greek philosophy?

One Pure Thing

Bringing the hidden light of Chanukah into our lives.

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.

Spinning the Dreidel

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

Give It All You've Got

The Maccabees taught us that immobilizing perfectionism leaves no room for God.

The Non-Jewish World of Disney

A Jewish princess does not wait for her prince.

The Nature of Nature

What's the difference between nature and the miraculous?

Chanukah: The Prequel

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

Miracle of Fire

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

Rekindling the Sparks of Peace

The heart of fire contains the unifying power of peace.


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

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.

History Crash Course #29: Revolt of the Maccabees

The Jewish revolt against the Greeks sets a precedent as the world's first religious war.

Chanukah Lights and Wrights

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

The Capture of Saddam: A Chanukah Meditation

Some surprising lessons are unearthed with Saddam Hussein.

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.

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.

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.

Judaism - A Pleasure!

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

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)

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.

Matityahu's Revolt

For the Maccabees, it was not physical life at stake, but the spiritual life of the Jew.

Power of the Menorah

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

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 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?

Chana's 7 Sons

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

Yehudit and the Decree

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

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