OUR BATTLES FOR FREEDOM ARE REPLETE THROUGHOUT WORLD HISTORY:
Anne & I Will Be Lighting Our First Chanukah Candle Of Eight – Tonight . . . As The Sun Sets. And we will Sing the Short & Ancient Hebrew Prayer Celebrating Our Freedom.
Today . . . To The Jewish People Worldwide, Is The First Day Of The 8-Day Celebration Of Chanukah, which to Many is Known as the Festival of Lights & the Festival of Dedication or the Festival of the Maccabees.
Simply Stated – To Me . . . Chanukah Is The Jewish Festival Of Freedom – Since it is Freedom Through Insurrection that Created Chanukah.
I Won’t Go Into The Long Story Of Chanukah Other Than To Write The Following:
Nearly 2,500 Years Ago (Circa 2nd Century BC) . . . The Jewish People Throughout What is Now Known as Israel, but Focused on the Jewish Capital of Jerusalem and the Second Temple, which the Moslems Now Call the Dome of the Rock, which before it Ever Existed was Known as the Temple Mount . . . the Assyrian Seleucids (Hellenistic Greeks) Forced the Jewish People to Abandon their (My) Monotheistic Beliefs . . . To Pray To The Greek Gods & Accept The Greek Language & Culture At The Threat Of Death To Those Jews Who Wouldn’t.
Just A Bit Of History – Many of the Ancient Jews Sided with the Hellenizers, which is a Sad Part of the Jewish History, which Seems to Repeat Itself Amongst Too Many Jews, who in this Day & Age Gravitate to the Hard LEFT as their New Chosen Religion, Who in the Case of the Jewish Hellenizers Two and a Half Millenia Ago, Threw Away their Jewish Beliefs in One God, to Grasp the Greeks’ Belief in Many Gods, And What Was In Fact An Otherwise Enlightened Greek Culture.
The Important Part Of The Story Of Chanukah – Not All Jews Took A Knee To The Hellenizers.
After Years Of Resistance . . . The Maccabees, Led by Yehuda Maccabee Stormed the Second Temple, Winning the Temple Back from the Seleucids (Hellenizers).
The Maccabees Rededicated The Temple Back To Judaism & Freedom . . . By Use of the Sanctifying Oils, which Purportedly Burnt for 8-Days & Nights, which by the Amount of Oils Available, should Have Burnt for Far Less Time than that.
Some Jewish Historians Argue . . . that there was No Miracle of Oil, but What We’re Celebrating is the 8-Days & Nights, which the Maccabees Used to Sanctify the Temple by Rededicating it to the Jewish Monotheistic Belief in One God and the Governance of the Torah.
It Doesn’t Matter To Me Which Of The Versions Are True Or Accurate, Since all that Matters to me, is that a Small Rag-Tag Army of Jews, who Refused to Take a Knee, who were Outnumbered, Out-Gunned & Out-Trained . . . Stood Their Ground And Were Triumphant, Which Is The Most Important Part Of The Story Of Chanukah.
Jews Worldwide – Observant or Secular, Light Chanukah Candles . . . Every Night During this Period of Time for Eight Nights, to Commemorate our Freedom . . . Which Was Won For Us Virtually 2,500-Years Ago . . . And In One Way Or Another For All People.
SO WHAT DOES THE STORY OF CHANUKAH MEAN TO PEOPLE THROUGHOUT?
On June 15, 1215 . . . The Population of England Led By Barons Faced King John at Runnymede after the Barons Seized London, When & Where (At Runnymede) King John Acquiesced to the Demands of Freedom from the Monarchy, and the Imposition of Rules & Laws, For & By The People, which Led to the Magna Carta, which has Become the Secular Foundation of all Modern Laws & Rights of Humanity.
On July 4, 1776 . . . The American Declaration Of Independence was Consummated in Philadelphia, Which Led To A Bloody 7-Year War With England That Ended In 1783.
Like The Maccabees, the American Patriots were Outnumbered, Out-Trained, Out-Financed & Out Gunned. However, Like The Maccabees, the Patriots Fought their Fight, while Not all Colonialists were on the Side of the Patriots. We Know & Celebrate The Outcome Every Year On July The 4th.
On May 14, 1948 . . . Israel Declared Israel Independence Day as Israel’s Re- Renewal of the Ancient Nation of the Jewish People, After More than 2,000-Years Of Exile Forced by the Hand of the Romans in 70-Ad, Leading to a Series of Vicious Wars & Terror Attacks Against the Jewish State by a Hugely Disproportionate Number of Arab/Moslem States, which Also Had an Equally Disproportionate Number of Trained Soldiers & Military Equipment. Yet – Like The Maccabees . . . Israel Reigned Victorious & Free.
Please Bear In Mind – The Laws of the Torah, Followed by the Laws of the Magna Carta, which were Followed by the Laws of the US Constitution . . . are the Laws of Freedom, which we are Obliged by the Basics of Decency, as are Spelled-Out in the Ten Commandments, Which We Are To Protect & Preserve.
THE PRECEDING IS JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF VICTORY OVER TYRANNY:
Today . . . We Lovers-Of-Freedom (Conservatives) in North America & Around the World, are Having our Freedoms Challenged Like Never-Before, by Elitist Socialist/Communist/Fascists, Who are Determined to Govern the World as a Collectivity in their Own Intellectual Self-Image.
Like Chanukah, The Magna Carta, The Declaration Of Independence & The Return Of Jews To Israel . . . We in North America (The United States Of America & Canada) are Out-Spent, Out-Numbered & Have Been Out-Maneuvered by the Enemies of our Freedoms for Generations . . . But Like The Maccabees . . . Many Of Us We Will Never Take A Knee.
THERE’S A REASON TO CELEBRATE CHANUKAH – FOR JEWS & NON-JEWS ALIKE:
History Tells-Us . . . We Don’t Have To Surrender Or Take A Knee . . . And Victory Will Be Ours.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov