Liturgical tributes to the Hasmoneans in 7th-century Palestine.

Ophir Münz-Manor
Dec. 18 2017 12:01AM

With help from a porcupine.

Daniel Eisenbud
Dec. 14 2017 12:01AM

The Maccabean revolt wasn’t just about independence. It was a culture war between those who embraced “Greek wisdom” and those who believed in transcendent, divine knowledge.

Dec. 14 2017 12:01AM

He marched into Jerusalem on the holiday.

Dec. 13 2017 12:01AM

A modest suggestion for a new way of thinking about the original meaning of the word “Maccabee.”

Dec. 6 2017 12:01AM

The brothers who wrote two of the best-known Jewish melodies early in the last century.

Albert Stern
Dec. 30 2016 12:01AM

What are we to make of the fiery images, stories, and rituals that inform Jewish liturgy and Jewish self-understanding?

Dec. 29 2016 12:01AM

Ma’oz Tsur’s last verse was repressed for centuries.

Yitzhak Melamed
Dec. 26 2016 12:01AM

Just in time for Hanukkah.

Yori Yalon
Dec. 20 2016 12:01AM

The book of Esther and the festival of Purim mark the beginnings of the exilic world, in which the battle to remain Jewish never really goes away.

March 18 2016 12:01AM

Lighting the menorah in the Gulag.

Dec. 14 2015 12:01AM

Guess who left out God?

David Bernstein
Dec. 9 2015 12:01AM

Yitzchok Hutner’s kabbalistic interpretation of the holiday.

Yaakov Elman
Dec. 7 2015 12:01AM

Pride without meaning or responsibility is a hollow sort of cool.

Andrew Silow-Carroll
Nov. 24 2015 12:01AM