Tomorrow night begins the holiday of Chanukah, Here’s a fine video from our friends at The Land of Israel, that sketches the historical roots of the Festival of Lights and its modern relevance.
Allow me to add an important historical note.
It is true that the Jewish revolt was directed against the Seleucid Empire, but the Maccabean revolution was also a declaration of war against apostate Jews who rejected Judaism and Jewish nationalism in favor of the dominant pagan culture.
In fact, the revolution was sparked when, in approximately 167 BCE, in the village of Modiin, a Jew—the progressive liberal of his time—stepped forward to worship an idol, and was killed on the spot by the priest Matityahu, father of Judah the Maccabee, who, with his valiant brothers, led the ferocious and ultimately successful guerilla war against the professional Seleucid armies.
This renegade Jew is still with us, still anxious to sacrifice at the altar of paganism and betray Judaism and the land of Israel in favor of a new and shiny ideal that is, at the core, corrupt and anti-Semitic.
Thus, as much as the enemy in today’s world is political Islam, the internal enemy is, in many ways, far more insidious, for these apostate Jews justify and enable forces that seek to establish a caliphate empire.