Friday, December 23, 2005

REFLECTIONS ON HANUKKAH, and the history of its interpretation, in the Jerusalem Post:
Hanukka and Hellenization

Hanukka, which begins Sunday night, has meant different things to different generations. Initially it was celebrated as a reminder of faith's victory over heresy, good over evil, and the few over the many.


UPDATE: And here's a very different take by James Ponet in Slate:
The Maccabees and the Hellenists
Hanukkah as Jewish civil war.

Also, the Jerusalem Post has a timely tourist piece on Modi'in.

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