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Jewish holiday Chanukah is very relevant to what's happening in America today ^ | 12/17/2009 | n/a

Posted on 12/17/2009 3:53:05 AM PST by massmike

Chanukah is incredibly pertinent to what we're going through right now in America. It's about winning a seemingly unwinnable culture war.

In the second century B.C., the rulers of Israel -- the powerful Syrian empire -- had forced paganism on the country with a ruthless force.

Pagan holidays, customs, and religious practices were imposed on the citizens of Israel, and statues of pagan gods were erected throughout the country. People who refused to bow down to idols, or make sacrifices to them, were tortured and killed.

People were allowed to have some "private" religious beliefs, but no public acknowledgement of God was allowed anywhere. Sabbath observance, study of the Bible, and other Jewish customs and rituals were banned. People who did not comply were executed.

Finally, a small band of fighters had had enough. They fled into the hills formed a resistance movement and a guerilla army to fight back. Such a fight was considered impossible against the Syrian empire. But they fought nevertheless. They didn't give up. And with God's help they finally won. They drove out the Syrians and took back the country. They cleaned out the Temple in Jerusalem that had been turned into a pagan shrine, and while doing that a one-day supply of holy oil lasted eight days - until more holy oil could be made - thus the eight-day celebration today.

This ought to be an annual lesson to us. Even though the forces ruling us want to drive out God from our lives and impose horrible things on us, do not give up. It's not lost. Seemingly impossible circumstances can and will be overcome with God's help. But you must be willing to fight back.

Happy Chanukah! -Brian Camenker

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TOPICS: Judaism; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: chanukah; hanukkah; judaism

1 posted on 12/17/2009 3:53:07 AM PST by massmike
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To: massmike

let’s head for the hills!

2 posted on 12/17/2009 4:24:13 AM PST by vanilla swirl (Maranatha!)
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To: massmike

Happy Chanukah to all!

3 posted on 12/17/2009 4:56:14 AM PST by pke
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To: massmike


4 posted on 12/18/2009 10:26:39 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Baruch atah Adonai Elohenu melech ha'olam, hamotzi lechem min ha'aretz.)
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To: massmike

This is a song that uhh..
There’s a lot of Christmas songs out there and uhh..
not too many Chanukah songs.
So uhh..
I wrote a song for all those nice little Jewish kids who don’t get to hear
any Chanukah songs.
Here we go...”

Put on your yamaka
Here comes Chanukah
So much funukah
To celebrate Chanukah
Chanukah is the festival of lights
Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights

When you feel like the only kid in town without a Christmas tree
Here’s a list of people who are Jewish just like you and me
David Lee Roth lights the menorah
So do James Caan, Kirk Douglas, and the late Dinah Shore-ah

Guess who eats together at the Carnegie Deli
Bowser from Sha Na Na and Arthur Fonzerelli
Paul Newman’s half Jewish, Goldie Hawn’s half too
Put them together, what a fine lookin’ Jew

You don’t need “Deck The Halls” or “Jingle Bell Rock”
‘Cause you can spin a dreidel with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock- both Jewish

Put on your yarmulke
It’s time for Chanukah
The owner of the Seattle Supersonicahs
Celebrates Chanukah

O.J. Simpson, not a Jew
But guess who is? Hall of famer Rod Carew- he converted
We got Ann Landers and her sister Dear Abby
Harrison Ford’s a quarter Jewish- not too shabby

Some people think that Ebenezer Scrooge is
Well he’s not, but guess who is
All three Stooges
So many Jews are in showbiz
Tom Cruise isn’t, but I heard his agent is

Tell your friend Veronica
It’s time to celebrate Chanukah
I hope I get a harmonicah
Oh this lovely, lovely Chanukah
So drink your gin and tonicah
And smoke your marijuanikah
and tell bill and monica to
Have a happy, happy, happy, happy Chanukah
Happy Chanukah

5 posted on 12/18/2009 10:29:17 AM PST by dfwgator
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