Why MJTI #5

Why MJTI #5

Reason #5: MJTI is a communal experience. How is this so and why is it so important? First, a clarification. Ours is an online school. Of course, with students participating from around the world, we don’t provide a “campus experience” with a student-run...
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, polished, and prepared. The 8-day celebration begins the evening of the 22nd—Kislev 25th on the Jewish calendar—with the...
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...
The History of Hanukkah

The History of Hanukkah

Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights or the Feast of Rededication, is the eight-day festival that commemorates the rededication of the Jewish Temple after its defilement by Seleucid rulers in the second century BCE. The holiday beings on the 25th of Kislev on...

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