Publisher's note: For those that don't fully understand what Channukah means and represents, Imre Beke spells it out very concisely, compactly, to the point, and how it compares with what is happening today between Israel and one of her staunchest enemies.
To all of our Jewish friends, The Patriots Press once again says Mazel Tov.
Imre Beke: Roughly 2,200 years ago, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucid Empire, which was based in modern day Syria. While King Antiochus III permitted the Jewish people to continue practicing their religion, his son - Antiochus IV Epiphanes - sent military forces into Jerusalem at the request of a group of Jews called the Tobiads who wanted their people to become more "Hellenized" or modernized in their view. Antiochus IV outlawed the practice of Judaism even to the point of forbidding the circumcision of baby boys.
Eventually, the family of a priest named Mattiyahu led a revolt against Antiochus IV. Upon his death, his son Judah or Yehuda (eventually called Yehuda HaMakabi or Judah the Hammer), took over the role of leader of the revolution, drove Antiochus' forces from the Holy Land and rededicated the defiled Temple.
As part of the rededication, an oil lamp was required to burn every night all through the night. However, they only had enough oil for one night and it would take eight days to prepare a fresh supply of purified oil for the lamp. Despite the lack of oil, the lamp continued to burn for eight days and nights without going out, thus proving that God will provide what is necessary for His People.
This miracle provided the basis for the celebration of the eight day festival of Chanukkah.
Today, the world is seeing a re-enactment of the events of the Chanukkah miracle. A nation of six million Jews which should not - by any rational measure - have been able to survive even one war of invasion by its Arab neighbors has repeatedly fought back against 120 million of them and emerged victorious. Again, the world is being shown that numbers are far less important than faith and determination.
In the last few weeks, we have been seeing even more pronounced parallels between the original Chanukkah events and today's tribulations facing Israel.Add a comment