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Chanukah

Chanukah

By Rabbi Yosef Shemtov: Why do we celebrate Chanukah? Israel was captured by the Greeks around 200 years before the destruction of the second temple. The Greeks were not like other nations who killed Jews, but they were very interested in killing our religion. They started making decrees that Jews should not be allowed to keep Shabbat, Brit Mila and other mitsvot. They claimed we are all one and equal. For more than 50 years Jews were persecuted. Everyone wondered why G-d brought this decree upon us which prevented Jews from performing mitsvot freely. Kohanim from the Maccabi family came up with the answer. It was because when we were free to do mitsvot, we were relaxed and didn’t do…

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