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.
For Herzl, Zionism was not merely about providing an escape from anti-Semitism.
Liturgical tributes to the Hasmoneans in 7th-century Palestine.
With help from a porcupine.
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.
The brothers who wrote two of the best-known Jewish melodies early in the last century.
What are we to make of the fiery images, stories, and rituals that inform Jewish liturgy and Jewish self-understanding?
Ma’oz Tsur’s last verse was repressed for centuries.
Just in time for Hanukkah.