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Hanukkah And The Battle For Jewish Identity

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A long time ago in an ancient land, a darkness had descended upon the Jewish people. The country was occupied by the evil Seleucid Empire, led by its king Antiochus. His mission was to destroy the Jewish people by denying them their freedom and identity. He forced them to worship false Gods and idols. He desecrated their temple and tried to force respected elders to eat pork in flagrant violation of Jewish laws.

Jewish worship was forbidden.

The Sabbath was outlawed.

Jewish dietary laws forbidden and circumcision banned.

Thousands of Jews were put to death.

Fear was like a thick blanket of fog that suffocated the land and her people.

But even at our most desperate hour, hope refused to die and the Jews, a stubborn stiff-necked people, refused to succumb to this oppression and refused to give up their identity.

And from the thickness of this darkness, a light sprung up, ignited by a small bunch of rebels called the Maccabees, powered not by numbers and weapons, but by the unshakable belief........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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