Hanukka commemorates the miraculous victory of a small band of Jewish brothers, the Maccabees, over the mighy Seleucid Greek army. The name ‘Maccabee’ is an acronym from the first four Hebrew words of today’s verse, “Who is like You O Lord,” a declaration of total dedication to the One God. The battle waged by the Maccabees was the first war in history to be fought not for the sake of land or power, but for the sake of a religious ideal.
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