Judith and the Hanukkah Story


By Jewish Women’s Archive

You have probably heard of Judah and the Maccabees, but what about Judith? At one time, the story of Judith—a young widow who killed the Assyrian general and led the Israelites to victory—was considered an important part of the Hanukkah narrative.

For Hanukkah at jwa.org, we celebrate the biblical Judith, as well as a collection of modern-day Jewish heroines named Judith.

Do you know a Judith who should be celebrated this Hanukkah? Tell us about her in the comments, or put her story “On the Map.”

The mission of the Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA) is to uncover, chronicle and transmit to a broad public the rich history of American Jewish women.