Hanukkah is sui generis (one of a kind) as a Jewish Holiday. Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Greeks. It is also known as the Festival of Lights.
- Jewish Records.
- Greek Records.
Ma’oz Tzur is a Jewish liturgical poem. One of the lines goes something like this:
“that they breached the walls of my towers”
There is no historical record of the Greeks breaking down the walls in the Temple. The Greeks did not break open the Second Temple. There was a special, woven wall in the Temple that would separate the Greeks from the Jews. This special wall presents lessons for us today.
Why would the Syrian Greek Army not destroy anything in the Temple in Jerusalem but this wall?
The Soreg Wall represented a separation of Cultures between God’s people and the World.
Conservatism is essentially the belief that we should all be able to preserve our own cultural identity and bring the richness of that to our modern political discourse.