Jewish History

Who Invented Hanukkah Gelt?

Tina Wasserman
Scholars have offered several theories. One traces the tradition back to the decision of the Hasmoneans to mint their own nation's coins after their military victory over the Greek Syrians.

Making Meaning of Tisha B’Av Through the Lens of Literature

Rabbi Jordi Schuster Battis
June 26, 2012

When you have come into the land
that the Eternal your God is giving to you as a heritage,
and you have possessed it and settled there,
you shall take from among all the first fruits of the ground
that you bring forth from your land-
which the Eternal

The Power of Pesach

Rabbi Henry Jay Karp
March 30, 2012

Over 30 years ago, I read an article which reported a statistical study of Jewish observances.