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We need a miracle of our own making

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02.12.2021

One of the tragedies of Hanukkah is what a short-lived victory it was. After a two decade rebellion that pushed the Seleucids out of the Land of Israel in 142 BCE, only a few generations passed before Israel was once again captured by imperial powers, culminating in the destruction of our Temple and exile from our Home.

Now, in our 74th year of independence as a reborn sovereign Israel, uncontested science is warning us that all that we fought for, all we bled for, all that our loved ones sacrificed for, may come to an end before our 150th Independence Day. Because even if humanity abides by the most updated international pollution commitments, the local rise in temperatures in the Middle East will still be catastrophic as high temperatures become serial killers; not many of our best and brightest will raise their families here if going outside is a death sentence. If we want the State of Israel to outlast the Hasmonean Israel’s record of independence, we will need to take our destiny into our own hands and become the miracle the world needs to avoid climate cataclysm.

If we want the State of Israel to outlast the Hasmonean Israel’s record of independence, we will need to take our destiny into our own hands and become the miracle the world needs

It is easy to confuse the historical events of Hanukkah with the story we tell our children. In the story we tell, the Maccabees were aided by the Eternal to fight off the Hellenists and reclaim our independence in the Land of Israel. Often, the story stops at the recapture of the Temple and its dedication (from which we derive the name for the holiday, Hanukkah), and does not continue through the battles and bloodshed that established........

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