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Resources Rabbi Mitch's Weekly Teachings Rabbi’s Weekly Teaching December 8, 2012

Rabbi's Weekly Teaching
Saturday, December 8, 2012

 

"Judah Maccabee" -- SAFAM.

Oh when I was a boy
My one and only joy was pretending
I was living in the past.

So to get my little thrills
I'd storm down from the hills
A wooden sword held tightly in my grasp.

Oh Judah Maccabee
How was I to see what you would mean to me?

No Syrian decree
Could make you bend your knee
Not Judah Maccabee.

Ah, my friends all thought me strange
And sometimes would exchange a worried look
Or word behind my back.

No they couldn't understand
The Romans were at hand
And they were getting ready to attack.

Oh Judah Maccabee
How was I to see what you would mean to me?

No Roman cavalry
Could make you bend your knee
Not Judah Maccabee.

In the Polish underground
I never made a sound while running through
The forest late at night.

Just like Mattathias' sons
I knew the time would come
When I would need my courage to survive.

Oh Judah Maccabee
How was I to see what you would mean to me?

No German infantry
Could make you bend your knee
Not Judah Maccabee.

 

The Maccabees are the heroes of our Chanukah story. Their steadfast faith in God enabled them to drive the Assyrians out of Judea against great odds. They won back the right of the Jews to practice their Judaism, and thus saved ethical monotheism for the entire world.

The Maccabees also reestablished the political independence of our People, and rededicated our Temple in Jerusalem. They inspired our eternal embrace of the spiritual message of the prophet Zachariah: "Not by might, nor by power, but by spirit alone."

Happy Chanukah and Shavua Tov,

Rabbi Mitch

 

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