Category Archives: Greece

Maccabees, wanna-be’s and fake news – the real story of Hanukkah

The Jewish Feast of Lights arrives this year on the eve of December 2 (according to the Gregorian calendar). The Hebrew name for Hanukkah (‘Dedication’) refers to the cleansing and re-dedication of the Second Temple by Jewish special forces on the 25th of Kislev 165 BC. In the Western world Hanukkah is often overshadowed and […]

Chanukah and Santa Claus – restoring truth to the Festival of Lights

Holiday preparations are in full swing. Christmas lights are strung up and blinking, sleighs and reindeer magically appear on suburban lawns; even the occasional Chanukah menorah (or chanukiya in Hebrew) glows brightly in Jewish homes for eight nights. Today very few adults believe in Santa Claus, though a significant amount do believe in the virgin […]

The Hanukkah Turkey

The United States of America is about to experience an unusual event – the Jewish Festival of Hanukkah and American Thanksgiving fall on the same day this year. Though this may not be the most significant world event this month (try the collapse of Western and UN resolve in the P5+1 accord with Iran), it […]

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