Hanukka and Hellenization
Hanukka, which begins Sunday night, has meant different things to different generations. Initially it was celebrated as a reminder of faith's victory over heresy, good over evil, and the few over the many.
UPDATE: And here's a very different take by James Ponet in Slate:
The Maccabees and the Hellenists
Hanukkah as Jewish civil war.
Also, the Jerusalem Post has a timely tourist piece on Modi'in.