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Articles by MJL

Hiddur Mitzvah: The Case for Beautiful Ritual Objects

Aesthetically pleasing Judaica enhances holiday celebration.

Your Guide to Jewish Holidays

The three categories of Jewish holidays, celebrations and commemorations.

The Hanukkiah (Hanukkah Menorah)

Hanukkah lamps come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.

Maoz Tzur: Rock of Ages

The most famous Hanukkah song.

Money Is Tainted

Yitro tells Moses that only people of integrity, who themselves would never engage in legally questionable business dealings, are qualified to serve as judges.

On Hanukkah, Women As Role Models

Two stories related to Hanukkah focus on the heroic efforts of women.

The December Dilemma

Whether you ignore Christmas altogether or celebrate it with non-Jewish friends or family, the holiday provokes a lot of emotions.

Jewish Ethical Behavior

The involvement of God in moral issues gives Jewish ethical thinking a passion and urgency.

Abortion and Judaism

The Jewish position on abortion is nuanced, neither condoning it nor categorically prohibiting it.

Hanukkah Themes and Theology

Beyond the parties and gifts, what the Festival of Lights is all about.