Some back-of-the-envelope sociology of American Jewry.
Hanukkah during the downfall of Ceausescu.
The Greeks, like their anti-Zionist heirs, sought to strike at the heart of Jewish difference.
At times of war, especially, it was always a patriotic holiday.
Modeling intercommunal harmony near the birthplace of Jesus.
Hebraism vs. which Hellenism?
Were the Hasmoneans really outnumbered?
And American Jews needn’t be hypocrites.
Two competing responses to blood in the sanctuary.
Originally, the kindling of lights was not part of the holiday.