Assimilation and Chanukah

Chanukah is anything but a child’s holiday.  Oh we have made it into a time for children with presents, and dreidles and silly Chanukah songs.  But this is a holiday that commemorates the conclusion of a brutal war.  The Syrian-Greek army against the priestly family and descendants of Mattethias who defended the rights of the…Read more »

The Courage of Chanukah

Tonight is the first night of Chanukah.  I wish each of you a light filled week of miracles.   My teacher Rabbi David Hartman z’l taught that the miracle of Chanukah was not the little jar of oil that lasted for eight nights.  And it wasn’t the defeat of Syrian-Greek army by the Maccabees.  It…Read more »