The Old-New Chanukah War 2014

Somewhere in Queens, a Jewish family makes public their joy in Chanukah. Hey, Glenn and Karen, now you’re famous! (Click photo to enlarge image)

On December 5, 2012, The New York Times filed this story: Cheering U.N. Palestine Vote, Synagogue Tests Its Members.

Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, a large synagogue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is known for its charismatic rabbis, its energetic and highly musical worship, and its liberal stances on social causes.

But on Friday, when its rabbis and lay leaders sent out an e-mail enthusiastically supporting the vote by the United Nations to upgrade Palestine to a nonmember observer state, the statement was more than even some of its famously liberal congregants could stomach.
“The vote at the U.N. yesterday is a great moment for us as citizens of the world,” said the e-mail, which was sent to all congregants. “This is an opportunity to celebrate the process that allows a nation to come forward and ask for recognition.”

Some things never change. And of course now we have European states recognizing a so-called Palestinian state. Are they recognizing and embracing the IslamoNazis of Gaza, or the IslamoNazis of the PA? The truth is, the Europeans are using the Arab Muslim war against the Jews to default to their age-old legacy of poisonous Jew-hatred.

Chanukah is not a holiday for Jewish collaborators.

Chanukah is not a celebration of multiculturalism, nor the opportunity for a self-righteous display of tolerance for IslamoNazis who openly call for the extermination of the Jewish people and the Jewish state.

I am aware that some members of the more liberal branches of Judaism are trying to push the notion of the Maccabees as a bunch of postmodern progressives who value tolerance and openness and, ahem, tikkun olam—Newspeak for Marxism.

But this verges on self-parody. It certainly has nothing to do with historical veracity or Torah Judaism. It’s fashion as politics: dopey, disposable junk-ideas, faux Judaism.

The Maccabees were intolerant of the dominant Syrian-Greek society. They despised the cruelty, oppression and Jew-hatred that characterized progressive Greek culture.

The Maccabees raised the banner of revolution for religious freedom, for the primacy of Torah over pagan values.

They went to war in order to liberate Jerusalem—as we said, some things never change—from progressive pagans who were intent on stealing Jewish land, and whose ideology was focused on unmaking the Jewish state and eradicating Torah Judaism in favor of a multicultural pagan society.

They also went to war against meshumadim, apostate Jews, traitors to G-d and to Judaism. These Jewish apostates endured painful procedures to reverse their circumcisions so they could compete naked in the public sports gymnasiums that were all the rage in liberal, pornified Greek society. The Maccabees went to war against Jews who perversely negated the core of Judaism in the name of Judaism,  just as totalitarians declare slavery to be freedom.

In short: The Maccabees made war against the progressive Jewish liberals of their time.

The Maccabees were Jewish zealots who declared total war against assimilationist Jews — Jews who sought to throw away the Torah and replace it with modern, secular values.

Abhorring the idol worship of Greek culture, the deeply observant and conservative Maccabees despised the highly educated secular Jews who collaborated with the ruling Syrian Greeks, elite Jews who bowed to the oh-so-progressive idols of their time.

The Hasmoneans fought savage wars in order to win the independence of the kingdom of Israel from cruel foreign oppression. They yearned to purify the holy Jewish Temple from idol worship, and they spilled oceans of blood to unite Jerusalem.

The Hasmoneans did not and would not tolerate Jewish fifth columnists who claim to love Israel while they undermine the very foundations of the state at every opportunity.

Chanukah is about G-d, Torah and miracles. This holiday establishes the necessity of war when the enemy uses diplomacy as a tactic of warfare.

Finally: Chanukah is about the exercise of force over those who seek to destroy the children of Israel.

Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives a joyous Chanukah.

And I would be remiss if I did not link to a fine Chanukah or Christmas gift. You have my personal guarantee that this item is awesome.

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  1. Posted December 20, 2014 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    This post is included in the latest Shiloh Musings: Chanukah 5775 Havel Havelim!
    Please visit it, read, comment and share the posts and the blog carnival, thanks.

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  2. kgbudge
    Posted December 18, 2014 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Happy Chanukah, Robert.

    Forgive my cultural ignorance, but my reaction to the photo was: Chanukah Bear?

    But I’m glad to see the celebration even if I don’t understand all the iconography.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted December 18, 2014 at 11:37 am | Permalink

      The Chanukah bear is not a traditional jewish symbol. The people who put up this display were just having fun.

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  3. Eric
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    As a small counter to the madness of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun leaders, I hope the below brings you some joy at the start of your holiday:

    I don’t comment often, but I enjoy reading your blog regularly. Happy Chanukah to the Avrech family.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted December 17, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Permalink


      Thanks so much for the wonderful link, a burst of light in a landscape of enveloping darkness, which is an apt metaphor for Texas.

      Happy Chanukah and we are delighted that you have chosen to unlurk yourself.

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  4. Larry
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    “Then spoke the king’s officers to Mattathias, ‘You are a ruler and an honorable and great man in this city and strengthened with sons and brethren. Now therefore come first and fulfill the king’s commandment, like as all the gentiles have done, yea, and the men of Judaea also, and your house be considered friends of the king, and you and your children shall be honored with silver and gold and many rewards.’
    “Then Mattathias answered and spoke with a loud voice, ‘Though all the nations that are under the king’s dominion obey him and fall away everyone from the religion of their fathers and give consent to his commandments, yet will I and my sons and my brethren walk in the covenant of our fathers. G-d forbid that we should forsake the law and the ordinances. We will not obey the king’s commands to turn away from our religion, either on the right hand or the left.’
    “Now when he had finished speaking these words there came one of the Jews in the sight of all to sacrifice on the alter which was at Modein, according to the king’s commandment. When Mattathias saw him he was inflamed with zeal and his reins trembled, neither could he forbear to show his anger according to judgment. Therefore he ran and slew the traitor upon the altar. He killed also the king’s commissioner, who compelled men to sacrifice, and pulled down the altar. Thus Mattathias dealt zealously for the law of G-d, like as Phinehas did unto Zimri the son of Salu.” — 1 Maccabees 2.

    Thus, the first death was of an assimilated Jew who compromised with evil and self-destruction. Compromise in the face of evil is self-destruction.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted December 17, 2014 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

      And this event took place in the ancient Jewish village of Modiin.

      Currently, Modiin is a lovely city situated between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It is home to about 65,000 people. It’s a wonderful little town. Of course, it is considered an illegal settlement by the usual suspects.

      As we wrote: some things never change.

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  5. covvie
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Good old tikkun olam. Sugar coated slogan for abominations of all sorts.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted December 17, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

      Tikkun Olam, a deep and mystical Kabbalistic concept, has been redefined into a rallying cry for social justice (Marxism) for ignorant Jews.

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  6. Posted December 17, 2014 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    I looked up Congregation B’nai Jeshurun and felt a little churning in my stomach to see the “leaders” of the so-called synagogue. It all falls into place when I saw l’havdil “Rabbi” Sarit Horwitz of YCT fame, framing the spiritual aura for the members of that “shul”.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted December 17, 2014 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

      I’m searching for the right word to describe Horwitz’s ideology…

      Got it: grotesque.

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