How Exile Changed the Meaning of Hanukkah, and How the Return to Zion Is Changing It Again

Dec. 16 2020

When Jews first began celebrating Hanukkah in the 2nd century BCE, they recited psalms of thanksgiving, but did not kindle lights. Only after the Temple was destroyed some two centuries later did lighting the menorah become not just part of the holiday, but its hallmark. Meir Soloveichik explains why this was so and how the modern return to Zion is transforming the meaning of Hanukkah yet again. (2018; video, 30 minutes.)

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More about: Hanukkah, Jewish holidays, Judaism, Zionism

The UK’s Ban on Hamas Is a Belated Step in the Right Direction

Nov. 29 2021

Twenty years after Britain outlawed Hamas’s military wing, the home secretary, Priti Patel, has decided to proscribe the entire organization. Stephen Daisley applauds this decision, but observes that London does not yet seem to recognize the dangers of what Hamas represents:

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More about: Hamas, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian terror, United Kingdom