In his November 29th post declaring that Hanukkah is not the Jewish Christmas, Dr. David Yeagley (an American Indian Christian supporter of Israel and Judaism) has some interesting insights into our holiday’s history and purpose.
Here are a few quotes I found inspiring:
There is always something, some line, which, when crossed, will activate the Collective Conscious of the patriots. While the Jewish international difficulties generally were focused on preserving Sabbath keeping, at this point, the point of the Maccabean Defense, it was the defilement of the very Temple that provoked the Jewish military action.
…It was associated with the victory of religious forces, the triumph of the soul of the nation.
Notice his use of the term “Defense” instead of “Revolt” – what insight he has! Why haven’t our own people referred to it in those terms? I think it’s time we do – both change the reference and collectively work on defending our nation.
If Passover celebrates the deliverance and birth of Israel as a nation, then Hannukah celebrates those willing to die to preserve that nation.
…Hannukah celebrates Jewish nationhood, Jewish religion, Jewish people, and all things extant and related.
Inspiring! I wonder, does this hold true for Jews living outside the land? I invite you to share with us in the comment section below what Chanukah means to you and your family.
Jews have been making the same kinds of sacrifices from the beginning. Yes, there have always been the weaker, compromising traitors among them.
And boy do we have a lot of those today! Perhaps it’s time to learn from our history and awaken that Judah Maccabee within us.
Think about national pride when you think about Hannukah! Think about all you hold dear about your people, your nation, and your religion.
Think of Washington, DC. It has become a den of theives. It is defiled by non-American ideology. It is abandoned. Our national “temple” enshrines foreign values now.
DC needs Hannukah! America needs Hannukah. We need national heroes, not careerists. We need those who will defy the odds, stand up against vast hordes, against the seeming majority of weak, compromising traitors.
HaTikvah! We need HaTikvah.
Now this raises a few big questions for Jews still living in America…
- If an American Indian – whose people were murdered and raped of their land by the early American settlers – can hold pride for America and make a battle cry for it’s salvation, how much more so should American Jews be longing and striving for return to their own homeland (especially during the Santa season)?
- Is Washington, D.C. your “temple”?
- “Weak, compromising traitors” can be found throughout the US and Israeli political machines – in which country can you really make a difference and turn the tide?
- In which land can you honestly place your “Tikvah” (hope)?
Every Bible-toting Christian American understands:
“For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness all peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you, O Jerusalem, and His glory shall be seen in you.
And nations shall come to your light, and the kings to the brightness of your rising.” Isaiah 60:2-3
Will you wait for the nations to come to Hashem’s light in His Holy Land, or will you come home now and take your ancestral lead?
Cute video – that I believe parallels some places in our world today.
נ – ג – ה – ש
נ – ג – ה – פ
Since the young man was playing dreidel in Modi’in I guess the SHIN on it was okay, if he was in Jerusalem it would have had a PEH (stands for “PO” = HERE). What letters are on your dreidel this year and do your children understand their significance?