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The Origins of Chanukah

We all know the story of why we celebrate Chanukah for 8 days, right? The Maccabees recaptured the temple from the Greeks, but when they went to light the Menorah, they could only find one tiny jug of pure olive oil, enough for to last a...

Posted on 29 November 2018, By Rabbi Roni Tabick
Vayeshev

Vayeshev is the start of a long narrative, stretching over three parashiyot, that we commonly call the Joseph story – though it should more accurately be called the Joseph and Judah story, as Robert Alter pointed out many years ago in h...

Posted on 29 November 2018, By Meira Ben-Gad
Spotlight on the Talmudic Sages: Rav Nachman bar Yaakov

Rav Nachman: ‘Chutzpah even towards God is warranted.’ (Sanhedrin 105b) This statement by Rav Nachman is one of the hundreds of statements attributed to him in the Babylonian Talmud. He is one of nearly 400 named Amoraim (Jewish sages...

Posted on 22 November 2018, By Janine Stein