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Friday, November 29, 2013

Maccabees - the story of Chanuka

I suspect that many of you think Chanuka is a story of a military victory and it's partly that.

But it's important to realize that the war of Chanuka was a spiritual war more than anything else. Unlike the story of Purim, where the Jewish people were threatened with physical annihilation, on Chanuka the story is spiritual. Had the Jews abandoned their religion, the Greeks would have left them alone. That's why on Purim the main celebration is food (yes, I know there is also a megilla to be read), while on Chanuka, the main celebration is praising God (Hallel v'Hodaa).

I cannot vouch 100% for the accuracy of this video, but it seems pretty close. I have no idea who did it.

Let's go to the videotape.



At 6:21 AM, Blogger Shy Guy said...

Looks like oil. Tastes like oil. But shemen tahmeh has no place in the Mikdash.

Here's something actually produced by a Jew:

Down with Chanukah

At 5:02 PM, Blogger Stuart said...

Chanukah tradition (as with other Jewish holidays) - go to the range and bust some caps. I think it should be a Jewish tradition. It is mine.

Purim - defense against Persians

Hol hamoed Passover - Warsaw ghetto uprising

Hol hamoed succot - we lived in succot during times we defended against Amalek

Chanukah - The Hashmonaim fought enemies from without and within


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