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Hold On to Your Hanukkiahs: the Story Behind Hanukkah

When one reflects on what they know about Judaism, one word particularly comes to mind: Hanukkah. Images of dimly lit menorahs, dreidels, latkes, and blue-and-white wrapped presents might crowd one’s mind; however, facts about...

Kramer Explains: The Civil War, Episode 1

Upper School History Department Chair Steve Kramer explains common misconceptions of the Civil War in this series, “Kramer Explains.” In this episode, Kramer discusses John Brown and answers the question, “Is John Brown a...

Please Do Not Forget: A Complex History of Humans

Humans have done unspeakable things to one another throughout history. We have killed, enslaved, raped, maimed and tortured one another for sport or glory or money or just sheer hatred. But humans have also...

In Defense of the Humanities

When well-meaning relatives, the neighbors and the person who I literally just met five minutes ago find out that I’m applying for college this year, I receive this dreaded question: “Well, what do you...