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

Archaeologists are reviving a 145-year-old hypothesis.

Robin Ngo
Oct. 1 2015 12:01AM

The custom of parents giving their children coins on Hanukkah—known as Hanukkah gelt—is well-known today, but goes almost unmentioned in pre-20th-century sources. It seems that. . .

David Golinkin
Dec. 22 2014 12:01AM

Hanukkah may be one of the best-known Jewish holidays, but its status is anomalous if not marginal. The two books of Maccabees were excluded from. . .

Hayyim Angel
Dec. 17 2014 12:01AM

The lexical fusion of “Thanksgiving” and “Hanukkah” might be artificial, but the invention of portmanteau words is an old American tradition.

Dec. 3 2013 12:00AM

In changing the holiday emphasis from the Maccabees’ successful uprising to the miracle of the oil, were the rabbis dissociating themselves from the later,. . .

Malka Z. Simkovich
Dec. 2 2013 12:00AM

Hanukkah reminds us that while both the Hebrew prophets and the Greek philosophers had a divine mission, the mission was not the same. (1967)

Leo Strauss
Dec. 2 2013 12:00AM