December 23, 2005, - 11:34 am
By Debbie Schlussel
I wish all of you, my friends and readers, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Chanukah!
On Sunday Night, I and my relatives will be lighting the first candle on our Chanukah menorah (candelabra) for the first of eight nights. (In Judaism, days begin at sundown.) Since the Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar, every 19 years, the holidays of Chanukah and Christmas intersect in this way.
It is auspicious that the holidays intersect this year, because we, as Christians and Jews, are in the fight of our lives–much like the Maccabees fought the Greeks–the war against radical Islam, which wants to take over our world and do away with both of our religions (and all others). That’s what the Maccabees were fighting against then, and that’s what we are fighting against now. G-d willing, we will be victorious as were the Maccabees. But we must be vigilant, like they were, too. Take a hint, Abu Moskowitz!
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