Hanukkah

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

On Hanukkah, the lights and distractions of the material world fade before the true source of enlightenment.

Alan Zelenetz
Nov. 29 2013 12:00AM

The final stanza of the Hanukkah song, calling for divine retribution against Israel’s enemies, has been heartily—but wrongly—maligned. (1988)

Ismar Schorsch
Nov. 29 2013 12:00AM

Twice during the American Revolutionary War, Jews combined stories of the Maccabees’ defeat of the Greeks with thanks for their nascent country’s victories against the British.

Eric Schulmiller
Nov. 27 2013 12:00AM

Several ancient historians attest that, long before destroying Judea, Rome allied with the Maccabees against the Seleucids. Archeological research supports the claim.

Hana Levi Julian
July 31 2013 12:00AM