Hanukkah celebrates the miraculous military and spiritual victory orchestrated by a handful of poorly trained and inadequately equipped Hasmonean fighters over the superior Seleucid (Greek) forces of Antiochus IV. The Jewish leader, Judah Maccabee, son of Mathias, had risen in opposition to the Hellenic kulturkampf that had been waged against his people. He led his... Read more »
In his NYTimes.com article “The ‘Busy’ Trap,” Tim Kreide writes: “If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing: “Busy!” “So busy.” “Crazy busy.” It is, pretty obviously, a boast
Chanukah is very much in vogue today, and not just because it provides a convenient excuse to give presents during “the holiday season.” Its celebration of the miraculous Jewish victory over the Greek challenge to Judaism fits the popular mold of beating the odds, the underdog having his day, and religious freedom
This year, Rabbi Tzvi Moshe Shultz has updated the Dreidel Olympics Guide. This popular resource has lots of fun ideas that rabbis and educators can use to put your congregants and students' dreidel spinning skills to the test. Young and old alike love participating in these competitions and it will surely help raise the Chanukah spirit at your
Torah Live has announced that its joining the gift-giving this Chanukah, with an eight day long raffle of premium memberships. Sign up on the Torah Live website during Chanukah and you’ll be entered into their daily raffle. That’s a full year of access to some of the most exciting Torah materials available today! For the last eight years, Torah Live e
The Chofetz Chaim writes that there are only two Jewish festivals during the winter: Chanukah and Purim. At Chanukah, the enemies of the Jewish people tried to take away from us, G-d forbid, our holy Torah, which is our soul and spirit. At Purim they tried to destroy us physically, G-d forbid, by attacking our bodies. What was the result? We were victorious, and we retained
NLE Resources contributor Rabbi Naphtali Hoff delivered a session at the recent Aish Conference on parenting. His talk, entitled, “Parenting From the Inside Out: Five Strategies to Help You Raise Happy, Fulfilled, and Connected Children” can be accessed here. It offers practical ways that parents can connect more deeply with their children and makes a special... Read more »
Maran HaGaon HaRav Mordechai Gifter, zt”l, served as Rosh HaYeshiva of Telshe from 1964 until 2001, and was one of the leading rabbis who brought Torah learning to America. His legacy foundation, Kollel Ateres Mordechai — an outgrowth of Telshe Yeshiva — was founded in 2005 to actualize Rav Mordechai Gifter’s fervent wish and desire that