Saturday, December 8, 2012


By Simon Fischler

While lighting the first Hanukkah candle with two my children last night I had a thought about this great holiday.

Hanukkah was the first recorded act of Zionism by the Jewish Nation.

We had lost our great kingdoms and had been invaded by the Assyrians. 

Now oppressed by the Hellenistic King Antiochus, we were forced to except a culture and religion that greatly contradicted the culture and traditions of the Jewish nation.

Our people, the Hebrews, Israelites or JEWS, under the leadership of the pragmatic fighters called the Maccabees rose up in OUR land, that is Israel, and defeated the imperialistic EUROPEAN client state run by the Seleucid Empire.

This piece of history is so very important for the Jewish Nation because it marks the first of many times throughout our history that the Jews have fought for their freedom and self-determination (this is what Zionism stands for) in Israel.

Hanukkah is testament to how long the Jews have been fighting to keep their little piece of land.

After losing our kingdoms, it was the Maccabee revolt that restored Jewish government to Israel in 140 BCE. 

This festival is also a reminder that we, the JEWS, have fought for our independence long before most other nations were even born.

During Hanukkah we remember our victory over an oppressive regime that did all it could to erase the laws and culture given to our nation.

The Jews and their nation state Israel are faced with many of the same problems that faced the Maccabees in their time.

Today our King Antiochus is a man called Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. 

The President of Iran promises the destruction of the Jewish Nation; he calls for wiping Israel off of the world map. 

Ahmadinejad calls for genocide against the Jewish Nation. He is arming his clients in Lebanon and Gaza with weapons to be used against the civilian population of Israel.

The genocidal plans of Iran are not the only evil thoughts being directed toward Israel and the Jewish nation. 

Today we must also fight against the racist anti-Semites who wish to delegitimize Israel and rob the Jewish Nation of its freedom through crooked diplomacy, incitement and downright lies.

On the other hand I guess this holiday is a lesson for Israel’s enemies, too.

For all those who seek to destroy Israel and the Jewish Nation, either with warfare or diplomacy, you would be wise to remember the story of Hanukkah. 

Hanukkah is one example of how the greatest empires -- from the Assyrians, Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Arab Muslims, Nazi’s and Arab Nationalist -- have all attempted to steal our land and rob the history books of our place. 

The Romans went so far as to change the Name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina and Judea to Palestina.

What is so important about the story of Hanukkah is that we the Jewish Nation may have lost our freedom in our land for portions of time. We have been oppressed in our land, but we have always, eventually fought back and regained our freedom and self-determination in our land.

We must always remember this part of Hanukkah.


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