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The meaning of Chanukah: A Maccabee response to the knockout game
The Washington Times ^ | November 27, 2013 | Jack Engelhard

Posted on 11/27/2013 2:09:30 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Still today there is controversy as to the “real meaning of Chanukah.” So let’s keep it simple by declaring that Chanukah is about a group of Hebrew fighters who were mad as hell and were not going to take it anymore. These were the Maccabees, hammers for justice and freedom in Judea/Israel some 2,000 years ago.

The Maccabees took to heart the Torah dictate that the Hebrews were to be “a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.”

So, outnumbered and out-gunned, they used guerilla tactics to rise up against their Hellenistic oppressors who had defiled the land, the people and the Temple.

They won, they lost, but what counted was this – they fought.

A while later something similar came about, only this time it was the Bar Kochba Revolt against the Romans.

Here too there were victories and defeats, but again – they fought.

So let us put to rest the notion that Jews are pushovers. Led by the Almighty Himself, Moses and Joshua were summoned to fight and to conquer. According to the Jewish Virtual Library, “Jews do not glorify war.” This is true. But it is also true that at the Song of the Sea – from the book of Exodus — the Hebrews paid tribute to God as their “Man of War.”

King David was surely a man of war, and so was Deborah...

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TOPICS: Current Events; History; Judaism; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: chanukah; jews; judaism; knockoutgame

1 posted on 11/27/2013 2:09:30 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Anoreth

It doesn’t get much cooler than the Maccabbees. Yonatan Netanyahu comes close, though.


2 posted on 11/27/2013 2:12:21 PM PST by Tax-chick (Are you getting ready for the Advent Kitteh?)
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To: KC_Lion

I see a lot of you in this post.


3 posted on 11/27/2013 2:13:03 PM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Happy Chanukah! :)


4 posted on 11/27/2013 2:15:46 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (What we said when we said what we said was. Period. End of story.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The birth of Christ on December 25 ?
A clear reading of the Holy Word of G-d would lead to another date.

A date commanded by YHvH with clear Biblical meaning and understanding.

Chanukah is a great time for followers of the Jewish Messiah to celebrate.
The eight day Feast of Chanukah echoes of the eight days of the Feast of Tabernacles
Chanukah was most likely when the "light of the world"
(John 8:12) entered human form and tabernacled among us.

Feast of Tabernacles is the birth day of Yah'shua.

This question is answered when you believe and trust
the Holy Word of Elohim in Luke 1.

Yah'shua's birth on Sukkot
(Sukkot is the Feast of Tabernacles or booths,
where we live in temporary shelters.
Sukkot is when YHvH took on a temporary
garment to be with His People
and to die as the Lamb of G-d on Pesach
in order to bring salvation to all
who would call on His Name:
(Romans 10:13 & Joel 2:32)
Yah'shua ( YHvH is become my salvation)).
Ps. 18:2, 46; 27:1; 35:9; 38:22; 88:1;
118:14; 119:174; 140:7; Isa. 12:2; 56:1;
61:10; Mic. 7:7; Hab. 3:18

Sukkot as the date is supported by Elizabeth's
pregnancy of John the Immerser.
The time sequence is outlined by the
Holy Word of Elohim in Luke 1 with Zacharias.

Zacharias served as a high priest and
based on his tribe, we know when he served
(1 Chronicles 24:7-18) and when he was
struck dumb and when John was conceived.

John would have been born on Pesach.
Most Jews believed that Elijah
would come at Pesach to announce
the coming of the Messiah (Malachi 4:5).

Factor in when Miriam visited her cousin Elizabeth,
Elizabeth was six months pregnant (Luke 1:26)
Thus the timing of Yah'shua's birth can be ascertained.

John (1:14) tells us that Yah'shua was made flesh
and tabernacled among us.

The word "dwelt" in the Koine Greek is:

σκηνόω Strong's G4637 - skēnoō
1) to fix one's tabernacle,
have one's tabernacle,
abide (or live) in a tabernacle (or tent),
tabernacle
2) to dwell

Eight days after the beginning of Sukkot is
another Holy Feast Day called Shemini Atzeret.

Eight days after a Jewish male is born he is circumcised.

After the Eighth day comes the the most Joyous day:
Simchat Torah or
the rejoicing in the Torah (The Word of Elohim).

Nine months back from Sukkot is Chanukah
where the light entered the temple.

Biblical Dates for the Birth of Yochanan the Immerser
and for the Conception and Birth of Yeshua HaMashiach

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
5 posted on 11/27/2013 2:21:37 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

Thumbs up on your post!

Shalom


6 posted on 11/27/2013 2:53:46 PM PST by PrairieLady2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Happy Hannukah to all the Jewish FRpers!


7 posted on 11/27/2013 2:58:15 PM PST by Biggirl (Ā“Go, do not be afraid, and serveĀ”-Pope Francis)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve trained with some Jews who most certainly would fight back. Israel is where Krav Maga comes from.


8 posted on 11/27/2013 3:01:23 PM PST by islander-11 (Save Nantucket - Vote Republican!!!)
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To: islander-11

I used to go to MMA fights and they were always talking about Krav Maga and Brazilian Ju Jitsu.


9 posted on 11/27/2013 3:08:43 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>> “So let us put to rest the notion that Jews are pushovers” <<

I bet that the Syrians and Egyptians don’t think Jews are pushovers.


10 posted on 11/27/2013 3:14:05 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Tax-chick

“It doesn’t get much cooler than the Maccabbees. Yonatan Netanyahu comes close, though”

That was Bibi’s brother that lead and was killed on the Entebbe operation, yes?


11 posted on 11/27/2013 4:11:03 PM PST by expat1000
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To: expat1000

Yes. I have a book, “Entebbe,” written by their other brother, Iddo Netanyahu.

I’m sure one can get it from Amazon. There is simply no comtemporaneous coolness element to provide a comparison.


12 posted on 11/27/2013 4:15:11 PM PST by Tax-chick (Are you getting ready for the Advent Kitteh?)
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To: Tax-chick
There is simply no comtemporaneous coolness element to provide a comparison

But that is a very cool construction! -)

13 posted on 11/27/2013 4:17:59 PM PST by expat1000
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To: Tax-chick

I like this post! Happy Thanksgiving to you and all yours T-C!


14 posted on 11/27/2013 4:19:45 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: MeganC; Berlin_Freeper; Biggirl; Tax-chick; onyx
I see a lot of you in this post.

Well Thank You Megan!

May Everyone have a Very Happy Hanukkah and Thanksgiving!

15 posted on 11/27/2013 4:22:11 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: PrairieLady2
shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach

16 posted on 11/27/2013 5:26:10 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: expat1000

Thank. Sometimes I like to just throw words around ;-).


17 posted on 11/28/2013 3:03:50 AM PST by Tax-chick (Are you getting ready for the Advent Kitteh?)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Happy Thanksgiving, T_S. (Not happy for cats ... the dog is visiting again.)


18 posted on 11/28/2013 3:07:58 AM PST by Tax-chick (Are you getting ready for the Advent Kitteh?)
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