13 12, 2020

Hanukah does not disparage Greek culture

By |2020-12-13T06:08:10-07:00December 13th, 2020|Thoughts|

                  Many people are mistakenly convinced that the Jewish holiday of Hanukah celebrates the victory of the Jewish religion over Hellenism and that the enemy was Greece. Neither supposed fact is true. The Jews in Judea, Egypt and other countries of the diaspora had a longstanding favorable [...]

6 12, 2020

Erroneous views about Hanukah

By |2020-12-06T05:21:10-07:00December 6th, 2020|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

  Many Jews, even those who do not observe any Jewish practice other than Yom Kippur and Passover, observe Hanukah, mostly because their children want gifts, but they have wrong ideas about the history relating to the holiday. Even most observant Jews have wrong ideas, as do many non-Jews. Dr. Howard Rubenstein published a fascinating [...]

13 10, 2013

R, Soloveitchik on Purim and Hanukah

By |2013-10-13T06:53:42-07:00October 13th, 2013|Book Reviews|

                                                                                        Review by Israel Drazin      Days of Deliverance By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Ktav Publishing House, 2007, 224 pages   About a dozen volumes were published after Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s death (1903-1993) based on writings he did not publish. This one contains five essays on Purim, four on Hanukkah, and one that [...]