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  • Why Chanukah matters

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    There’s a certain narrative about Chanukah that has become near conventional wisdom among American Jews, and it goes like this:

    Chanukah is a fun holiday that is big in America, thanks to its proximity to Christmas. But really, it’s a “minor” holiday that is more impactful...

  • For female coach of Y.U. men’s team, biggest adjustment may be learning Jewish ways

    September 8, 2014 | 10:38 am

    Having been a standout player in high school and college, and an assistant coach, new Yeshiva University men’s volleyball coach Jacqui Dauphinais has plenty of knowledge about the sport.

    And in her one season as an assistant for the Maccabees, she showed she wasn’t afraid to...

  • AJR-CA dedicates new campus

    By Ryan Torok

    December 4, 2013 | 5:58 pm

    With Chanukah marking the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees’ defeat of Judea’s Seleucid rulers more than 2,000 years ago, the week of the holiday turned out to be the perfect time for the Academy of Jewish Religion, California (AJR-CA) to celebrate...

  • Mel Gibson Needs a Jewish Mother

    By Ilana Angel

    April 12, 2012 | 5:27 pm

    I am a writer, a Jew, a mother and a fan of Mel Gibson.  I may in fact be his only remaining Jewish fan, but to be clear, my adoration of him is as an actor not a human being.  I have written about him a few times and was planning to write about him again today, when I decided it...

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  • On the trail of the Maccabees

    December 22, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    The heroes of Chanukah are no secret. The legendary Judah Maccabee and his warrior brothers defeated the Greek Hellenists in true Israelite fashion. Just as a young David slew Goliath, this tiny family-led army defeated a powerful military force. That much we know. But where in the...

  • B-Boyz take back Chanukah with their new holiday hit, ‘Menorah Hearts’

    By Jay Firestone

    December 13, 2011 | 10:39 am

    Justin Bieber meets McLovin…Chanukah-style.

    Sporting child-sized pin-striped fedoras and decked out in NFL attire, the B-Boyz (a.k.a. Ben, Jake and Max Borenstein) rock out to their latest YouTube hit, “Menorah Hearts,” a holiday-themed parody of “Stereo Hearts” by Adam Levine and...

  • The making of a Hollywood Maccabee wannabee

    December 12, 2011 | 3:11 pm

    Who would have projected that Chanukah could be billed as the festival of lights, camera, action?

    Mel Gibson, for one, who in the fall announced that he was working with Warner Bros. on producing a movie about Judah Maccabee.

    Not seeing this as a boffo idea was Rabbi Marvin Hier of...

  • Could Gibson be good for the Maccabees?

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 21, 2011 | 4:35 pm

    As loathsome and absurd as it may seem, Mel Gibson’s plan to produce a movie about the Maccabees is not an existential threat to Jews. That is, unless he decides to change the ending so that the Maccabees lose. But that's another matter.

    That a man who, in 2006, turned a...

  • Stories and essays and pictures illuminate holiday

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "There are many lights in light," according to a line in the Talmud. Hillel's words refer to the blessing over the Havdalah candle, but can be applied no less to Chanukah.

    The most exquisite of new books for the season is not about Chanukah, but about light. An oversize volume, Sam...

  • Chanukah and adult faith

    By Danya Ruttenberg

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A lot of people have trouble with Chanukah. I did, for years. I'd go to parties and nibble on my latke or sufganiyot while grumbling under my breath about how there was nothing here to celebrate. I'd light my Chanukiyah, but I'd only do the bare minimum needed to fulfill the mitzvah...
  • Chanukah—it’s not just about a miracle anymore

    By Ben Harris

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    One of the Jewish calendar's most widespread and public observances, the Chanukah holiday has traditionally emphasized two miracles: the military victory of Jewish rebels over Greek invaders and the one vial of oil that lasted for eight nights.

    However, just as other holidays have...

  • How the Maccabees Reshaped Jerusalem

    By Bill Gladstone

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Maccabees are celebrated throughout the Jewish world for recapturing Jerusalem for the Jews, rededicating the Temple and lighting lamps with a day's supply of oil that miraculously lasted for eight days.

    Less well-known, according to a leading Israeli archaeologist, is that...

  • When in Rome

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The election of Dr. Riccardo Di Segni as the new chief rabbi of Rome opens the latest chapter in the tumultuous life of a Jewish community that traces its history back to the days of the Maccabees.

    Di Segni was elected earlier this month to replace Elio Toaff, who is retiring at age...

  • What Is the Holiday Miracle?

    By Jane Ulman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Nes Gadol Hayah Sham.

    We all agree that the letters on the sides of the dreidel stand for "A Great Miracle Happened There." (In Israel, of course, the letters stand for Nes Gadol Hayah Po -- "A Great Miracle Happened Here.")

    But -- and this is why there's a book titled "Two Jews,...

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