henrymakow.com — Dec 11, 2017
Tonight is the eve of Hanukka.
“The Hasmonean War was primarily directed against Jews and not against Greeks… meaning the Hellenistic Jews”
An Israeli writer interprets the Hasmonean War as a Jewish victory over assimilated Jews whom he associates with George Soros and the Communist wing of the Masonic Jewish conspiracy.
Jerusalem Post Opinion — THE UNTOLD STORY OF HANUKKA
BY Matan Peleg (CEO of Im Tirtzu)
Hanukka is a joyful holiday that commemorates a great Jewish victory over foreign forces. Young and old alike are familiar with the tale of the outnumbered Maccabees who fought against the heavily armed Greek forces, and the miracle of the rededication of the Temple, where sacred oil that should have lasted only for one day instead lasted for eight days.
Less well known is the back-story, so to speak, to the struggle that Hanukka actually depicts: the struggle of the Maccabees not only against the Greeks, but against the Hellenized Jews of Israel. These not only culturally identified with the Greeks, but actually encouraged them to strike at the institutions and the essence of traditional Jewish practice.
In other words, as painful as it is to acknowledge, Hanukka represents the reality of a semi-civil war among the Jews. How did this civil war play out? The Jewish aristocracy had increasingly become enamored with Greek culture, with its emphasis on physical beauty, sport, different dress, and a world view at odds with that of traditional Judaism.
Thanks to their wealth and influence, they succeeded in securing the permission of Antiochus, the Greek ruler of the Levant, in building a gymnasium in Jerusalem. This in turn became the wedge for the attempt to attack and to supplant traditional Jewish practice, such as the Temple ritual, study, and commandments, including the commandment of circumcision.