Who Are Today’s Maccabees?
Our fearless leader HaRav George Dubya delivered the following shiur last night, in commemoration of the first night of Chanukah:
I send greetings to all those celebrating Hanukkah, the festival of lights. On the 25th day of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar, Jews around the world commemorate the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem more than 2,000 years ago.
During this time of darkness, the Temple had been seized, and Judaism had been outlawed. Judah Maccabee and his followers fought for three years for their freedom and successfully recaptured Jerusalem and the Temple.
Jewish tradition teaches that the Maccabees found only one small bottle of oil to be used for temple rituals, but that oil lasted eight days and nights. The miracle of this enduring light, remembered through the lighting of the Menorah, continues to symbolize the triumph of faith over tyranny.
The bravery of the Maccabees has provided inspiration through the ages. We must remain steadfast and courageous as we seek to spread peace and freedom throughout the world.
This holiday season, we give thanks to God, and we remember the brave men and women of our Armed Forces and their families. We also pray that all who live under oppression will see their day of freedom and that the light of faith will always shine through the darkness.
Laura joins me in wishing you a blessed and Happy Hanukkah.
I’m sorry. Am I the only one who finds it utterly ironic that Bush is comparing US imperial forces to the Maccabees, when the cold hard truth of the matter is, in this situation, the Iraqi insurgents are really the Maccabees? Think about it… They’re fighting off a Western occupier, they’re steadfast in their devotion to their god, and they’re willing to kill their own “Hellenized” people to push forward their agenda of religious fanatacism and (ahem) self-rule. If anything, the US are the Syrian-Greeks sacking the Temple (be it for Iraq’s own good, or not)!
Oh irony… If only Bush would stop raping your corpse. Perhaps your troubled soul might finally find peace.