The problem was not that the stars of the Hanukkah story were too heroic, but that they confused their military heroism for the capacity of communal leadership.
“It was one of the decisive events in human history. Never before had men been convinced, as they were then, that an idea was something to fight for and to die for.”
’Tis the season of Hanukkah bashing.
Some back-of-the-envelope sociology of American Jewry.
Hanukkah during the downfall of Ceausescu.
The Greeks, like their anti-Zionist heirs, sought to strike at the heart of Jewish difference.
At times of war, especially, it was always a patriotic holiday.
Modeling intercommunal harmony near the birthplace of Jesus.
Hebraism vs. which Hellenism?
Were the Hasmoneans really outnumbered?