Posted by: Scott | Friday, December 15, 2006

A History of Hanukkah

Joseph Farah wrote a neat article a couple years ago on Hanukkah (or Chanukah if you wish). While I don’t equate this Jewish holiday with Christmas or as a “Christmas replacement,” after I read the article, I had an appreciation for the eight day celebration.

All Jewish worship was forbidden. The scrolls were confiscated and burned. Honoring the Sabbath, circumcision and the dietary laws were prohibited under penalty of death. Antiochus conspired to depose and later assassinate the righteous high priest, Yochanan. Antiochus’ henchmen ordered 90-year-old rabbi Eliezer to eat pork as an example to his followers. He refused and was put to death.

Want to know the rest of the story? Go to the archives


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