I am a born-again Christian, but would love to hear more about how this holiday came about. I remember that the oil in the temple lamps lasted 8 days in a miraculous way. Also, the Maccabean revolt occured...would love more details and please correct me if I am wrong in the above.
Big J - you are correct - the Holiday celebrates two miracles - the military victory of a small army of Jewish priests over the Greek and Hellenist forces who had tried to subjugate them and the miracle of the small lone remaining amount of pure oil, that usually burnt out in 1 day, keeping the Menorah in the Temple burning for 8 days until new oil was available.
Years later, the Jews were exiled and the Temple was destroyed, which should have canceled the Holiday, but it lives on as a message of hope, that even when times are tough and the odds seem not in our favor, we can still overcome.
This message has been edited by MSW1 on Dec 22, 2008 9:45 AM
South Park has numerous positive depictions of Jewish children, their families and traditions. There's even an episode about Jewish summer camp for kids. It's just that the cartoon also includes the KKK, Satan's sex life, impaling of children, prostitutes with syphilous, talking fecal matter, eight year olds and their teachers using drugs, cannibalism and a stray dog eating the corpse of someone's grandmother.
This message has been edited by dereb12 on Dec 22, 2008 3:23 PM
how about yo gabba gabba? my daughter (just turned 3) prefers franklin, blues, dora, and diego, but i like yo gabba gabba. makes me long for my college days when that would have been perfect at 3am.
happy holidays to all. speeding home to light 2nd night candles...