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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Obama misses the point of Chanuka

President Obama's universalist Chanuka message shows how little he understands of what Chanuka means.
"The Hanukkah story of the Maccabees and the miracles they witnessed reminds us that faith and perseverance are powerful forces that can sustain us in difficult times and help us overcome even the greatest odds," he said, seeking to remind Jews that even thousands of years later there was strength to be drawn from their religious texts.

"Hanukkah is not only a time to celebrate the faith and customs of the Jewish people, but for people of all faiths to celebrate the common aspirations we share," he said.

"As families, friends and neighbors gather together to kindle the lights, may Hanukkah's lessons inspire us all to give thanks for the blessings we enjoy, to find light in times of darkness, and to work together for a brighter, more hopeful tomorrow," concluded the US president, just one day after receiving the Noble Prize for Peace in the Norwegian capital.
It's clear that someone forgot to tell Obama that the Maccabees fought a war, and that someone forgot to tell him that the lesson of Chanuka is not for "people of all faiths to celebrate the common aspirations we share," but for the Jewish people to remain strong in our faith and not to let it be influenced by others.

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At 10:37 AM, Blogger Ashan said...

Dear Leader Hussein is simply a danger to the Jews. He has the unmitigated gall to redefine and misrepresent the Holocaust, the history of the founding of modern-day Israel, the Jewish history of Jerusalem, Judea and Shomron, and now the meaning of Chanuka. He is despicable.

At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh, so now a goi is supposed to understand the story of chanukah?

give me a break

for years, the chabadniks have been trying to sell the chag as having a universal meaning, so they will be able to put up their menorahs on public land

so dont blame obama for being ignorant

although it would be nice if rahm would do a better job at explaining our religion to him

however, i just dont think he will get the whole point of how the chag underscores the importance of the oral law

At 6:06 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Jews rejected Hellenism. And Jews should reject secularism, too. Jews are meant to preserve their own identity and ability to contribute to the world. The message of Hannukah is the opposite of the politically correct one about Christmas. Its not about "peace on earth" and "goodwill towards all men." Its about Jews' placing service to G-d above all else in the world.


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