Why a Little War Talk on Hanukkah Might Not Be a Bad Thing

Hanukkah is as good a time as any to start a discussion about the kinds of strategic thinking that animates the art of war, and ultimately, the kind of prudence and pragmatism at the heart of peace.

With Hanukkah upon us, the usual debates about particularism versus universalism, tribalism versus assimilation, and religious freedom, identity, and zealotry are all around us. For my part, my tongue has been tripping over the words to one of my favourite Hanukkah songs. After lighting the candles, I like to lead my family in a rousing version of “HaNerot HaLalu.” It’s a jaunty ditty that lays out the symbolism...