Originally, Jews didn’t kindle lights to celebrate the holiday.

Dec. 16 2020 12:01AM

The problem was not that the stars of the Hanukkah story were too heroic, but that they confused their military heroism for the capacity of communal leadership.

Dec. 15 2020 12:01AM

The forgotten history of the sufganiyah.

Gil Marks
Dec. 15 2020 12:01AM

“It was one of the decisive events in human history. Never before had men been convinced, as they were then, that an idea was something to fight for and to die for.”

Dec. 14 2020 12:01AM

’Tis the season of Hanukkah bashing.

Dec. 11 2020 12:01AM

The miracle of the Jews and the existence of Jew-hatred go hand in hand.

Jan. 29 2020 12:01AM

Some back-of-the-envelope sociology of American Jewry.

Cole Aronson
Dec. 31 2019 12:01AM

Hanukkah during the downfall of Ceausescu.

Edward Serotta
Dec. 30 2019 12:01AM


Rivki Silver
Dec. 27 2019 12:01AM

The Greeks, like their anti-Zionist heirs, sought to strike at the heart of Jewish difference.

William Kolbrener
Dec. 26 2019 12:01AM

English is a language notorious for its strange spellings, and its speakers are more willing to tolerate aberrations than are speakers of other languages.

Dec. 25 2019 12:01AM

Some end-of-year remarks on the path of life, spoken in honor of those who do end-of-life work.

Dec. 24 2019 12:01AM

At times of war, especially, it was always a patriotic holiday.

David Geffen
Dec. 23 2019 12:01AM

Modeling intercommunal harmony near the birthplace of Jesus.

Dec. 10 2018 12:01AM