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Thanksgivukkah Part II?

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While Hanukkah, which begins Sunday evening, November 28, may not be as famous or all pervasive as that other holiday that takes place in December (that’s right, Boxing Day), its message burns bright when the nights are longest and days often darkest. Hanukkah should have special resonance for all people who value freedom and religious liberty, especially for religious minorities. As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving this week, appreciating the meaning of Hanukkah can deepen our understanding of this quintessential American day by connecting it to larger, historical themes.

The Brief History: The Seleucid Greeks invaded the autonomous Jewish homeland of Judea/Israel some 2200 years ago and demanded that Jews cease their own religious worship and practice. They looted and defiled the Jewish Temple, erecting within a statue of the Greek god Zeus to which the Jews were supposed to bow. A small group of courageous Jews decided that, notwithstanding the impossible odds, they must fight the mighty military power to regain their independence and religious liberty. Though badly........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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