Hanukkah Songs in Traditional and Popular Culture

Hanukkah Songs in Traditional and Popular Culture

As Hanukkah begins, we celebrate with light, food, and song. The Jewish people have centuries of songs to commemorate our long history and the turning of the Jewish calendar. Here are several traditional and modern songs about Hanukkah. Maoz Tzur Maoz Tzur, a...
A Biblical Argument for Hanukkah

A Biblical Argument for Hanukkah

Hanukkah is almost upon us! Sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and latkes will be consumed by the kilos, and hanukkiot (Hanukkah menorahs) are being dusted off, polished, and prepared. The 8-day celebration begins the evening of the 22nd—Kislev 25th on the Jewish calendar—with...
MJTI Year-End Letter

MJTI Year-End Letter

December 2019 Dear MJTI Students, Faculty, Administration, Board, and Supporters, In the U.S. we just finished celebrating Thanksgiving. I think you’d agree that despite the titanic challenges facing Western civilization at the current time, we all have much for which...
Hanukkah Traditions, Explained

Hanukkah Traditions, Explained

What is the meaning of the Hanukkah Menorah (Hanukkia)? The seven-branched Menorah burned perpetually in the Temple. Only specially-prepared, ritually pure olive oil was used to keep the menorah lit. Jewish tradition says that when the Temple was cleansed and...
An Important Request

An Important Request

MJTI President Rabbi Dr. Rich Nichol has a very important question for YOU—friends, students, and alumni of MJTI—about our very special school.  Explore our blog: Gilgamesh, the Flood, and the Garden R. Klayman takes a look at the Epic of Gilgamesh and finds an...

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