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These Brit-Rock Maccabees Are Not What You’d Expect

By On December 30, 2016

Don’t confuse The Maccabees with The Maccabeats. The latter is a popular Jewish a capella group based at Yeshiva University. The former was a popular British rock band that played at some… Read More

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‘Die Hard’ is the Ultimate Hanukkah Movie

By On December 27, 2016

Think Die Hard is a Christmas movie? Well, Yippee CHAI Yay, Menorah-lovers! The 1988 Bruce Willis flick is actually perfect for Hanukkah! Here are 8 reasons why: 1) ’Tis the Season:  Die Hard takes place on Christmas… Read More

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The Basketball Victory That Changed Israel Forever

By On November 25, 2016

In 1977, Israel was trying to heal and stabilize after the tragic Olympic massacre at Munich, the Yom Kippur War, and the hostage crisis at Entebbe airport. Not to mention the heightening… Read More

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The Secret History of Hanukkah

By On November 27, 2013

Everything your Hebrew school taught you about the miracle of Hanukkah is a lie. According to the Book of Maccabees, which most scholars believe was written shortly after the Maccabean revolt, Hanukkah was born of another… Read More

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Hanukkah Presents

By On December 19, 2011

Before the 19th century, there wasn’t a Jewish tradition to give Hanukkah presents. Then again, points out Brandeis University professor Jonathan Sarna, before the 19th century, there also wasn’t much of a Christian tradition to give gifts… Read More

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