Hanukkah Celebration

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Hanukkah 2019 will begin in the evening of Sunday, December 22 and ends in the evening of Monday, December 30.

I thought it would be fitting to speak about a time that the Jewish festival called “Hanukkah”.  It celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the larger Syrian army.

I am not Jewish so my knowledge is limited about this festival. I am gathering my information from Wikipedia.

Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a menorah (or hanukkiah). One branch is typically placed above or below the others and its candle is used to light the other eight candles. This unique candle is called the shamash (Hebrewשַׁמָּשׁ‎, “attendant”). Each night, one additional candle is lit by the shamash until all eight candles are lit together on the final night of the festival.[2] Other Hanukkah festivities include playing the game of dreidel and eating oil-based foods, such as latkes and sufganiyot, and dairy foods. Since the 1970s, the worldwide Chabad Hasidic movement has initiated public menorah lightings in open public places in many countries.[3]

Hanukkah -Wikipedia

To all of the Jewish faith I wish you the very best.

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  1. mosckerr

    You can not achieve justice, when Western leaders refer to civilian ‘colored’ casualties as “collateral damage” in their ‘police actions’ which shape the internal affairs of foreign societies.   A fundamental issue of the Western interventions and imperialism in the Middle East and North Africa, Western society dominates, even conquers Arab and Muslim societies. But the stark contrast: Arabs and Muslims, to a large degree remain strong in their faith in the Koran; whereas Western societies to an ever growing percentage embrace the scientific secular model as their central supporting column of faith. Western civilization has abandoned Xtian theology, due to the evil reputation the church’s evil and corrupt actions have promoted throughout the Ages.  Today, Western societies view the Church on par with ancient Greek and Roman polytheism and worship of mythical Gods. The question stands: How did the unfaithful conquer and defeat the faithful?   A fundamental question that has no easy answers for the folks, which the West refers simply as “collateral damage”.

    What causes the disaster of internal revolution and Civil War, to rank as the worst natural disaster to any people or civilization throughout history?  When the “ethical containment force” that makes a people separate and unique from all other peoples and societies, when this “social fabric” rips apart and becomes a tattered rag blowing in the winds of war, generally – the first American Civil War excluded – with the collapse of the authority of the Central Government, the consequences follow that foreign governments intervene in the internal operations and government of such a society in a state of Chaos.  Lincoln, his illegal decision to initiate and invade the Confederate States, takes the first American Civil War out of the picture of virtually all other internal revolutions and Civil Wars.  Because Civil War, by general definition, effectively means the collapse of Central Government order and stability.   Even still, without the leadership of Henry Steward as Lincoln’s Secretary of State, the Palmerston government would have most probably recognized the Confederate, ‘States Rights’ revolt against Lincoln’s extreme anti-Jeffersonian ideas of democracy.

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