Friday, December 15, 2006

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah!

By now, most people are familiar with the story about the temple oil that last for eight days as the reason behind Hanukkah. But did you know that Hanukkah is also about the courage of one family - the Maccabees - to resist an attempt to wipe out Jewish culture? The Maccabees resisted a Antiochus the Fourth, a Greek ruler who ordered Judeans to take Greek names, study only Greek material and - you guessed it - worship only Greek gods.

The father started the rebellion and his sons took up the battle until they'd restored the Temple and Jewish life.

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