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Hanukah "That light of freedom"
See (and hear) what Chief Rabbi Sacks said about Hanukah in his Thought For The Day on BBC Radio yesterday:
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Freedom can defeat ruthless power
Sometimes ancient rituals can radiate contemporary significance. That’s the case this year with Hanukkah, the Jewish festival that we began last night.
For eight nights we light candles in memory of the time, nearly twenty-two centuries ago, when Jews fought for and won the freedom to live as Jews. It’s a tale of two leaders. One was the Greek ruler Antiochus IV who lived in Syria but whose empire included the land of Israel.
He was a despot. He’d inherited his title from his father Antiochus the Great, but he was somewhat unhinged. He called himself Epiphanes, meaning God made manifest. But others called him Epimanes, the madman. Attempting to eliminate Judaism he banned circumcision and the public practice of Jewish law, burned sacred Torah scrolls, set up a pagan statue in the precincts of the Temple, forbade Jewish services there and instead insisted that sacrifices be offered to him.
The other leader, Judah the Maccabee, was the man who led the Jewish fight for freedom. And though he faced a powerful enemy, he and his followers re-conquered Jerusalem, re-dedicated the Temple and relit the menorah, the great candelabrum. That light of freedom that miraculously kept burning is what we commemorate on Hanukah each year.
This week two modern leaders died: Vaclav Havel, former president of the Czech republic and Kim Jong II, the leader of North Korea. Kim Jong bore more than a passing resemblance to Antiochus IV. Like him he inherited power from his father, and like him he ruled by fear, suppressed freedom, murdered dissidents and encouraged a cult of personality.
Vaclav Havel like Judah the Maccabee inspired his contemporaries to fight against totalitarian rule and though he too faced a seemingly impregnable enemy, soviet communism, he knew that freedom is not won by numbers but by courage, physical, intellectual and ultimately spiritual. He once said: “As soon as man began considering himself the source of the highest meaning in the world and the measure of everything, the world began to lose its human dimension, and man began to lose control of it.” In other words we have to live for something greater than ourselves if we are to win the freedom to be ourselves.
Havel called his most famous essay “The Power of the Powerless,” and that’s not a bad description of Hanukah too. Freedom can defeat ruthless power. It needs a few dedicated people with the inextinguishable courage to light a candle of hope in other people’s lives and together we can change the world.
On contemplating Hanukkah I recalled what Bat Ye'or wrote:
"Judaism is so much misrepresented that the essential meaning of the Bible, which is the liberation of man from physical and spiritual slavery is soon forgotten. However, as Father Richard John Neuhass has stressed, Jews and Christians together share this legacy."
-- Islam and Dhimmitude by Bat Ye'or p. 399.
I also thought of what Pope Benedict XVI said during his installation ceremony:
Raw Data: Text of Pope's Homily
Text of Pope Benedict XVI's homily delivered in Italian during his installation ceremony Sunday in St. Peter's Square. English translation provided by the Vatican:
The Church is alive with these words, I greet with great joy and gratitude all of you gathered here, my venerable brother Cardinals and Bishops, my dear priests, deacons, Church workers, catechists. I greet you, men and women Religious, witnesses of the transfiguring presence of God. I greet you, members of the lay faithful, immersed in the great task of building up the Kingdom of God which spreads throughout the world, in every area of life. With great affection I also greet all those who have been reborn in the sacrament of Baptism but are not yet in full communion with us; and you, my brothers and sisters of the Jewish people, to whom we are joined by a great shared spiritual heritage, one rooted in Gods irrevocable promises. Finally, like a wave gathering force, my thoughts go out to all men and women of today, to believers and nonbelievers alike.
Gods yoke is Gods will, which we accept. And this will does not weigh down on us, oppressing us and taking away our freedom. To know what God wants, to know where the path of life is found this was Israel's joy, this was her great privilege. It is also our joy: Gods will does not alienate us, it purifies us even if this can be painful and so it leads us to ourselves. In this way, we serve not only him, but the salvation of the whole world, of all history.
It is Interesting to note that the Pope did not during his Installation ceremony specifically greet the Muslim people in that way or in any way. No talk of "a great shared spiritual heritage" or other "contributions" from islam offered in a spirit of "dialogue" and "reconciliation." Just nothing. Nothing. The silence was deafening, so deafening that I am not sure anybody heard it.
See also some other interesting articles one from New English Review:
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Hanukkah: The First War of National Liberation
Muir-Appelbaum in her commentary draws attention to something significant about Hanukkah, this minor Jewish holiday, the historical record of which can be found in Christian bibles in The First Book of the Maccabees, used by threatened Christian groups in the Middle East like the Copts in Egypt, Syriacs in Syria, Assyrian-Chaldeans in Iraq, and Maronites in Lebanon. She writes:
This is the 2,179th anniversary of the world's first war of national liberation. There have been many since. To a surprising extent, such wars have followed the pattern first established by the Maccabees. They, like later heads of independence movements, were leaders of a people conquered and occupied by a great empire. They fought to claim the right of national self-determination.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Freedom is a game. If you play well, then you might win it. Play badly and you lose everything
Chief Rabbi Sacks says:
"Freedom can defeat ruthless power…It needs a few dedicated people with the inextinguishable courage to light a candle of hope in other people’s lives and together we can change the world."
Sadly, It will take more than the Chief Rabbi's remedy to keep the light of freedom burning and for that light to shine out the darkness that is spreading all over the world. It will take more than that to keep the forces of evil at bay.
The Chief Rabbi speaks well and with knowledge but he has done nothing that I am aware of to warn his Jewish flock and his fellow countrymen of the terrible danger they are in from Islam.
Freedom is under assault from two main forces which are in alliance:
Resurgent Islam fuelled by Petrodollars which, in striving to fulfil its Commandment from Allah, seeks to rule the world and all “mankind” in accordance with Islamic Shari'ah law. This mission which has the appearance of being religious is in fact absolutely political;
The Useful Idiots who are intent on making a pact with the Devil.
That is why I propose the first toast in regard to Hanukah, to "that light of freedom," to leading ex-Muslim Ali Sina who is warning, warning, warning as he has been for years:
More abhorrent than war is making peace with evil.
In the words of the 18th Century British parliamentarian Edmund Burke, "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
Those who advocate peace with Islam are fools of this century.
If we do not stand against Islam it will grow and then billions will die.
Trying to appease Muslims is foolish. It is informed by ignorance of Islam. Most cancers are treatable, if detected in time. But if you ignore them because you think fighting them is daunting, they will grow to a stage that will kill you. Today we have the choice. We can either fight Islam and extirpate it before it threatens our existence or wait and face the apocalypses.
The threat of Islam today, is much greater than the threat of Nazism during the 1930s
Failure to address this threat will result in a war more devastating than the Second World War. Those who advocate peace do not want peace. They are either the enemy itself that wants you to remain peaceful so he can kill you easily or the useful idiots who have no understanding of the danger the world is facing and have fallen into the trap of the enemy, dancing to the beat of their drums.
Freedom can defeat ruthless power and the first step should be to shine "that light of freedom" brightly onto Islam and expose it for what it primarily is:
A "great political-military army" with the mission, commanded by the god of Islam Allah, to conquer and rule the world and all mankind, a mission which is evil. This mission is essentially the same as the Nazi mission as described in the Nuremberg Tribunals.
I believe by the standards laid down by international law as clearly stated in the Nuremberg Tribunals it can easily be proved that Islam is in fact a "great political-military army" guilty of planning and committing aggressive and illegitimate wars of conquest, right from the start and to the present day - the evidence is overwhelming just as it was against the Nazis:
The German people, therefore, with all their resources were to be organised as a great political-military army, schooled to obey without question any policy decreed by the State.
Judgment of the International Military Tribunal for the Trial of German Major War Criminals Nuremberg 1946
The Judgment: The Nazi Regime in Germany
THE COMMON PLAN OR CONSPIRACY AND AGGRESSIVE WAR
Islam must be exposed to the light of day.
The next toast is to that light, that light of Freedom, that light that must be shone onto Islam, that light which indeed "can change the world."
But the final word on Hanukah must go to the author of this article featured on Israpundit:
Hanukkah is often called “the Jewish Christmas” because it takes place at about the same time of year. There is in fact a very strong connection between the two holidays; had it not been for the events that Hanukkah commemorates, there would be no Christmas. Hanukkah is about standing up to those who menace one’s home, family, or way of life as opposed to singing Kumbaya with them.
Hanukkah is therefore about defending one’s home, family, and country
So here's to the good men and women who are "standing up to to those who menace one's home, family, or way of life."
The final toast therefore is to those who are standing up and fighting for freedom as opposed to those who claim the "freedom of religion" to ultimately force others to be unfree or those misguided useful idiots who defend or apologise for such evil.
Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray!
Happy Hanukah and Happy Christmas.