Sunday, December 09, 2012

Sorry! No Happy Chanukah.

  Sorry. The holiday was made up to compete with pagan ideas of celebrating winter. Which is where the idea's of Christmas come from. It predates them. Here are a number of major points here.

   #1) The book of Macabee mentions an 8 day celebration but no miracle. This miracle obviously was invented later on.

  #2) The book of Macabee was censored and excluded the bible. Now why would celebrate a group that we don't put their writing as part of our tanach when we have books like the book of Esther. Obviously that in itself raises questions

  #3) This celebration was done at the temple. There is no temple today. So why should we then have this in our home instead. If anything it should be a day to mourn the fact we don't have the temple to do this. Not replace it with these menorah's.

  #4) The Menorah has 4 on each side while the Menorah in the temple had 3 on each side. Even if there was an 8 day celebration which was celebrating Succoth and Shminei Atzeret why is this Menorah different.

   #5) And lastly. This was a civil war in which it was Jews who agreed to go along with Greek pagan practices. Much blood was shed and since we don't really learn about it as it is kept secret I don't even know if they killed innocent people who they suspected were Jews who supported for example banning circumcision. The point is though this couldn't have happened without some Jews being involved and agreeing to what the Greeks were doing here.  Judaism to this day has adopted Greek words to their religion.  The term synagogue is a Greek term. The Greek Church refers to itself as Orthodox.  The Greek leader of the Church was called a "Patriarch" and this idea of a male religious leader being the father of the people may have been imitation of the way Greeks worship. Were they Hellonists for doing that. I don't know. Where was the line drawn. I have no idea and have to think that innocent blood may have been shed by thinking almost anything Greek makes you a Hellonist and we see that to this day terms we use are either outright Greek terms or are similar to the way Greeks practice religion and worship of God.


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