December 15, 2006, - 12:46 pm

Happy Chanukah!

By Debbie Schlussel
To all my Jewish Friends & Readers:
I wish you a Chag Chanukah Sameach [Happy Chanukah]! Thanks to all of you who sent e-cards and e-mail wishes to me.
This is a message I received from my friend, the great Ruth S. King–a message which embodies my sentiments to you on this Chanukah–so I am repeating it here:

I’m never a hundred percent sure of how to spell it, but I do know that it is a holiday of triumph of good versus evil and Jews versus their oppressors. May you and all those you love have a healthy and wonderful holiday. May we prevail over the millions of enemies we have. May America and Israel survive in strength, deterrence and determination. And, a special thanks to those not of our faith whose friendship and support are crucial and inspiring.

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Amen.
The holiday of Chanukah starts at sundown tonight, the first of eight nights and days. And I cannot wait to light my Menorah (the 9 candle candelabra–the ninth one, the “shamash,” lights the other eight).
Although Chanukah is NOT a major Jewish holiday, it has been “elevated” to one, due to its close proximity to Christmas. Still, it is the magnificent story of the will to survive coupled with so many miracles. It has so many lessons for the fight we face against extremist Muslims all over the world.
The Chanukah story is that of the Maccabees, who were vastly outnumbered by the Greeks, but valiantly fought them anway . . . and beat them. We are constantly told the figure of 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide. But if we don’t fight their extremism and their wish to take over the world and just give up, we won’t win.
And Chanukah is the story of the fight for religious freedom. Matityahu (Matthew) the Maccabee, and his son Judah (after him), led a revolt against Antiochus Epiphanies, the Greek leader, who wanted the Jews to give up their religion and assimilate.
Like today, in those days, there were many Hellenists, Jews who wanted to assimilate and give in to the Greeks. Today, they are my fellow co-religionists–parties with names like Sharona Shapiro, Brenda Rosenberg, and the Jewish Community Council of Metro Detroit–who cozy up to extremist Muslims in Dearbornistan who support Hezbollah, HAMAS, Holocaust denial, and Ahmadinejad.
There are other Hellenists like Brian Moskowitz a/k/a “Abu Moskowitz,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent in Charge for Michigan/Ohio who on a regular basis panders to the most extremist, terror-supporting Muslims he can find. For a raid, last week, of an Islamic organization, ACCESS–the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services–he instructed agents that they could not wear their normal tactical gear or use long guns and rifles, as they always do, when rounding up Hispanics and other illegal aliens. He told them to wear khakis and professional dress and use pistols. “Because we can’t scare the Muslims”–that’s the goal above and beyond the safety of agents and the preservation of our national security.
But there are plenty of non-Jewish Hellenists in our society, too. They are people like Daniel Sutherland–who’s made it his job at Homeland Security to help our Islamofascist enemies and advance their causes.
They are reporters like Rick Hampson, who wrote a front page USA Today story, this week, about how persecuted Arabs in America are (they were all Muslim in the story, no Christians). The article, filled with inaccuracies and false information, spoke of how Muslims are afraid to apply for hunting licenses. Hello . . .? Muslims generally don’t hunt–because the food they’d kill isn’t Halal. A real reporter would look into this instead of taking their Chicken Little “the sky is falling on ‘innocent’ Muslims” word for it.
But not the Hellenists. Our modern day Hellenists–the modern day liberal enablers of extremist Islam–are helping the modern day Antiochus Greeks. Time for us all to be the Maccabees. And put an end to this stuff.
The mighty Greek Empire fell, and so will extremist Islam . . . if we have the will to survive before it’s too late.
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We light the Menorah–one candle for each of the eight nights–to symbolize the miracle that, once the Maccabees defeated the Greeks, a bottle of oil that was supposed to last only one day, lasted for eight days, and the candles of the Menorah in the Jewish Temple miraculously burned for eight days, while new oil was made.
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Chanukah Dreidel

On Chanukah, Israelis eat jelly donuts, called “sufganiyot,” and the rest of us eat fried potato pancakes, called “latkes.” We also play a game with a spinning top called a “dreidel,” with Hebrew letters on it that stand for the phrase, “A great miracle happened there [or here, if you're in Israel].”
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From Shraga Simmons and Shimon Apisdorf at Matityahu’s Revolt:

The name “Maccabee” is an acronym for the [Biblical] verse “Who is compared to You among the mighty, oh Lord” (Exodus 15:11).

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I’m frequently asked why Chanukah is spelled so many different ways in English. That’s because transliterating Hebrew into English is all phonetic and yields no one certain result.
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While at the gym, today, I got a good laugh out of VH1′s “Hanukkah” special. The show included such celebrity Chanukah experts as Greg Fitzsimmons, Edwin McCain, Willard Scott, and . . . Rick Springfield. Rick Springfield (ne Richard Springthorpe)? And Luis Guzman? (Feliz Chanukah?)
No, none of these guys are Jews (though I do appreciate their philo-Semitism). It reminded me of the movie, “The Jerk,” when Steve Martin runs after the Hispanic guys who just bought gas from his gas station (and ripped him off), shouting, “Mrs. Nussbaum, you forgot your credit card.”
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More on Chanukah from Judaism 101, Matityahu’s Revolt, and the Constantia Hebrew Congregation of Capetown, South Africa.
Happy Chanukah!

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Temple Mount Faithful Light Chanukah Menorah in Israel

(Part of the Jewish Temple–the most holy part–has a mosque built on top of it.)

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10 Responses

L’Chaim! Happy Chanukkah!!
I’ve got a slick dreidel, a pocket full of gelt, and a hunger for a blintz!

Yiddish Steel on December 15, 2006 at 2:37 pm

Your comparisons of modern day Hellenists and appeasers are right on.
On the other important topic I am lobbying hard for latkes this week in our house. I love the symbolism of the Menorah and all it stands for–we will light the candles too and tell the retell the dedication story.
Debbie, you are a Maccabee for today! And you lead a Maccabean uprising on this site each day. Keep on fighting!
Happy Chanukkah to you and your family and all our Jewish friends!
Lastly–for those interested, there is an actual movement in Israel to do what the Macabees did to rebuild the Temple in our lifetime. Against overwhelming odds and circumstances–I believe this will come to pass in our lifetime. Here is the link:
http://www.templemountfaithful.org/
THANKS FOR THE TREMENDOUS COMPLIMENT! AND, OOPS! FORGOT TO POST A PIC OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT FAITHFUL LIGHTING THE CHANUKAH MENORAH. THANKS FOR REMINDING ME.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

BB on December 15, 2006 at 3:45 pm

Happy Chanukah, Debbie and all the best!

Witch-king of Angmar on December 15, 2006 at 3:54 pm

Happy Chanukah Debbie and Long live Israel.

MQ on December 15, 2006 at 3:55 pm

Happy Chanukah Debbie. May your womb swell with the next generation of Maccabbes, or at least a Republican or two.

Anonymous1 on December 15, 2006 at 4:37 pm

Happy Chanukah Debbie!
In this present day battle between the modern “Greeks” aka Mozlums, we will be the clear winners ultimately.

anonymous twit on December 15, 2006 at 11:57 pm

I linked to your article from Chanukah 2006 – The Carnival of Lights, http://plancksconstant.org/blog1/2006/12/chanukah.html but the trackback didn’t take.
Happy Chanukah Debbie.

planck's constant on December 16, 2006 at 2:22 am

Happy Chanukah, Deb, and to your family.

Thee_Bruno on December 16, 2006 at 10:02 am

Deborah,
Indeed let another humble reader wish you and my fellow readers a Happy Chanukah. You are the first read of the day–everyday and for your time, effort and knowledge, I thank you.. Hope you and your family have a happy and healthy holiday!

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