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Was Stalin’s Death a Purim Miracle?

By On March 8, 2017

An evil man rises to power with a grand plan to eliminate the Jews, until a twist of fate—a miracle!—happens, and the evil man dies; the Jews survive. Who was that evil… 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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Kill Me Twice, Shame on Me

By On March 5, 2012

One of the more famous Jewish customs surrounding the Festival of Lots (also known as Purim) is the liberal consumption of alcohol. The Talmud itself teaches (Megillah 7b), “People are obliged to drink on Purim until… Read More

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The Jewish Valentine’s Day

By On August 15, 2011

One week after Tisha B’Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, comes a minor holiday whose mood is precisely the opposite. The festival of Tu B’Av (the fifteenth of Av) is called… Read More