Friday, December 15, 2006

Happy Chanukah!

Army and Menorah[OK, so I recycled this from last year... bite me.] Chanukah begins this evening at sundown. MSNBC - Armed Jews Week: Via AlphaPatriot, we have this post on the true meaning of Hanukkah
[It is] Armed Jews Week, or as it is more popularly known, Hanukkah. Hanukkah is an eight-day celebration of the Jewish revolution against Syria in the second century B.C. The Syrian government (a remnant of Alexander the Great’s empire) attempted to wipe out the Jewish religion by forcing the Jews to conform to Greek culture. Some of them refused, and a tiny militia, led by Judah the Maccabee (“the hammer”) began a guerilla war.
The rest of the article is interesting as it covers the rebirth of traditional Jewish military might (started by the Zionists in the 19th Century), and details Jewish involvement in the resistance movement against various parts of the Nazi military machine.
In 1942-43, Jews constituted half of all the partisans in Poland. Overall, about thirty thousand Jewish partisans fought in Eastern Europe. There were armed revolts in over forty different ghettos, mostly in Eastern Poland. ...

[I]n France, Jews amounted to [less] than one percent of French population, but comprised about 15-20 percent of the French Resistance. ...

A young poet named Abba Kovner led the resistance movement known as the Avengers in the woods around Vilna [,Lithuania]. ...

The Avengers were the first partisans in Nazi Europe to blow up a German train.
Chanukah is the festival of lights, and commemorates some miracle involving lighting the temple after the victory of the Maccabees.

I really wanted to include a link to the Chanukah Song by Adam Sandler, but he seems to keep a pretty tight hold on his stuff...

This is the closest I could find. You need to click on the album, "What the Hell Happened to Me?" (the album with the picture of A.S as a kid) and then you can view the video of the live performance in Chicago.

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