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November 2017 ......................... Cheshvan - Kislev 5778 ......................... Volume 12 Issue 11

The History of Hanukkah

Angela Kunkel
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Angela Kunkel

 


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  Hanukkah (Dedication) is the eight day festival that begins on the 25th day of Kislev and commemorates the victory of Judah Maccabee and his followers over the army of the Syrian ruler Antiochus Epiphanes. In the fourth century B.C.E, Greek forces under Alexander the Great conquered much of the known world, including the Near East and Israel. When Alexander died in 320, leaving no sons to succeed him, a bitter 20-year power struggle between his two leading generals resulted in Ptolemy ruling Egypt and Seleucus controlling Syria. The Land of Israel, the crossroads of the ancient world, came under Seleucid domination.

The historical basis of Hanukkah is found in the two books of the Maccabees. These books are part of the Apocrypha. The Apocrypha is a group of fourteen books of the Septuagint (Greek translation of the
  Bible) that Judaism did not include in the Bible but were accepted by the Catholic Church. In 168 B.C.E, king Antiochus Epiphanes attempted to Hellenize all of the peoples under his rule. He outlawed the practice of such Jewish rituals as Sabbath observance and circumcision and converted the Temple into a pagan shrine by instituting the worship of Greek gods and the sacrifice of pigs on the altar. Many Jews enthusiastically accepted the Greek customs, while others resisted Hellenism and died as martyrs.

Happy Hanukkah

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