Happy Holidays! (Politically Correct)
December 18, 2006 3:21pm CST
I want to know more about the holidays occurring at this time of year. So far I know a great deal about Christmas and Yule and a little bit about Hannuka (but not really how to spell it). Are there other holidays occurring in other religions at this time of year? Can anyone give me more info.? Thanks!
1 Jan 17
Chanuka is really a Hebrew word, so there is no right or wrong way to spell it in English. Chanuka is about the idea of religious freedom. The Syran Greeks wanted everyone in their empire to believe in the same religion, They wanted everyone to bow down and give offerings to the Olympic Gods, you know Zeus, and all those myths. Well, the Jews at that time had their own religion and they didn't want to be Hellenized and have to bow down to the Greek gods. So the king Antiochous passed many laws forbidding Jews to follow their own religion. Some of the laws were really nasty. So to make a long story short, the Jews went to war against the Syran Greeks and there were many miracles, and the Jews won! Judah Macabee was the leader and he led the Jews against the Greeks. The Greeks had also captured Jerusalem. After the war was over and the Jews had their independence once more, they went into the Temple to light the Menorah, and they found only one cruze of oil that hadn't been smashed. There was enough oil to burn for only one day. At that time olive oil was the most reliable way of getting light at night. So the Macabees filled the Menorah with the oil. They hoped for the best, because the place to buy the oil was 3 days away by horseback to the North of Israel.. They sent a messenger with money to buy more oil, and if the light went out. so be it. But the olive oil in the Menorah lasted all the time that it took for the messenger to go there, get the olive oil and come back. This was a total of 8 days. this is the reason that we Celebrate Chanuka for 8 days. For the Military victory and for the miracle of the oil. After this, the Jews had poltical and religious freedom for the next 200 years until the Romans came to the country. . .