Celebrating the Miracle of Lights
Since 139 B.C.E. and every year hence, at about this time of the year, the Jewish People around the world celebrate Hanukah, the Miracle of Lights. And what a miracle it was.
The Holy Land of Israel was part of the Syrian-Greek Empire, dominated by Syrian rulers of the dynasty of the Seleucids. From 222 B.C.E. the rulers enacted harsh decrees upon the people of the land. Jewish worship was forbidden, the scrolls of the Law were confiscated and burned. Sabbath rest, circumcision and the dietary laws were prohibited under penalty of death. They tried to root out the individualism, individual thought, free speech, were contemptuous of religion and forced the inhabitants to worship pagan gods. Transgressors were executed.
Fast forward. Look at the hills, mountains and valleys of Judea, and you see a small number of Jews fighting numerous great Syrian armies. Though greater in number and equipment than their adversaries, under the leadership of the Maccabees, they fought for their freedom. After many battles, and in 139 B.C.E. the Syrian armies are defeated and Jerusalem is liberated. The Temple is restored and one sealed flask of oil is found sufficient for only one day. Behold, a miracle occurs and his oil lasts for eight days.
Hanukkah in Today’s world. – in the eyes of the anti-Karl Marx
The Greeks were noted to be, great thinkers, philosophers, warriors, writers, actors, athletes, artists, architects and politicians, in fact, they invented the Olympic Games. However, what is likely the Greeks greatest contribution to world history is that it was the birthplace of democracy. Democracy was established in Athens, Greece, about 500 B.C.E. Read Plato. Plato’s version of Democracy consists of three caste systems and ruled by the top tier. But by the year 222 B. C. this democracy had grown so successful that it was in full collapse. COMMUNISM AND SOCIALISM at work.
No doubt that the global world, and in particular in our nation today, are not much different. The CCP released a devastating virus on the world; the Greeks could not. They fought with swords, while we have far more deadlier weapons like the internet and mass media. There are those who think their way is the only way. They are implementing an unprecedented totalitarian experiment in social and economic management: shutting down travel, businesses, schools, churches, and issuing stay-at-home orders. They redefine democracy, and freedom of speech to only include views they consider democratic, speech they consider “approved”. In today’s world these folks go by the titles of MSM, Big tech, Hollywood, DC establishment, CEO’s of massive corporations, spy agencies, Judges, state and local-elected and non-elected tyrants, educators (at all levels), and they are all aligned, combining to unite under the flag known as the elites. They describe themselves as educated, politically correct, woke, and progressive, among many other terms, each of whose inverse meaning perfectly describes todays political left.
Those who do not learn from history are apt to make similar mistakes.
There are numerous lessons to be learnt from the story of Hanukkah; a few of which seem so relevant to America today.
- Elites are bullies, but also cowards.
- Fighting for what is right, is never wrong. If need be and as a last resort, we need to be prepared for “some very good people, to do some very bad things, to some very evil or misguided people”.
- Miracles can will happen, but only if we unite and stand up to the evil among us. Our God given free choice dictates we stand and fight for what is right, the results can be downright miraculous. And enlightening.
- Light shines brightest in darkness.
Happy Holidays to ALL my fellow American Patriots!
by The Anti-Karl-Marks