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Thoughts On The First Night Of Hanukkah

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah.

For me, Hanukkah is the story of survival against all odds. It can be argued that the Hanukkah is essentially the story of military victory, but for me, it is so much more.

It’s about a minority group who in spite of assimilation and persecution is not only able to beat back the conquering army, but also able to openly celebrate who they are.

It’s no secret that throughout most of human history Jews have been at best tolerated and at worst, murdered. But we survived and we are still here. Hanukkah speaks to the miracle of the holiday, the human ingenuity and the human strength to survive when all seems lost.

Wherever you are, if you celebrate, have a Happy Hanukkah.

 

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Chanukah

Tonight, Jews around the world will be celebrating the holiday of Chanukah.

The joke about Chanukah is the joke that revolves around most Jewish holidays: they tried to kill us, they failed, now lets eat.

One of the things I’ve come to believe in recent years is that if we are willing to do the work required to achieve our goals, our creator will give us a nudge when we need it.

The Maccabees, led by Judah, did not wait for a sign from a prophet or their creator to fight back against the Greeks who would have been more than happy to see the Jews convert and assimilate into the general population. They took a stand against assimilation and won. In response the victory, G-d provided Israel with just enough oil to last for eight days, even though it seemed like there was none left at all.

Happy Chanukah and to everyone celebrating Christmas tonight, Merry Christmas.

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True Colors

It’s amazing how an organization’s true colors sometimes come through.

The BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) has been virulent in the past few years in their anti-Israel campaign. On the surface, they claim to support the Palestinian cause (which is a farce, but that is a topic for another time), but in reality, it is a front for  antisemitism.

The musician Matisyahu was scheduled to play at a concert in Valencia, Spain last week. He was banned from the concert for not agreeing to make statements against Israel. The ban was eventually lifted after the Spanish government exerted pressure on the concert’s organizers.

The issue here is not the man or his music. It is the fact that the BDS has shown their true colors. They care nothing for the Palestinian people, nor do they really know anything about what is truly going on over there. Their goal, like all anti-Semitic organizations, is to remove the Jews from their midst.

In the end, Matisyahu ended up performing and in spite of the haters, he proved that Am Yisroel Chai, the Jewish people live and will continue to live, despite the the thoughts and actions of others.

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