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Losing the Chanukah Battle

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Visitor Comments: 35

(34) Mr. Herman, March 13, 2017 1:47 AM

Greeks not only dealt with body but Soul as well

It's easy to generalize and make things tidy to present a point, but to say the Greeks were only body and only interrested in things of the material world is a total misrepresentation. Plato's writings and the subsequent neoplatonists (Proclus, Plotinus) were big influences on Isaac Luria and Moses de Leon amongst others; while Aristotle so influenced Maimonides that his works were banned and censored for his Aristotelian Judaism. There is actually quite a lot written by Plato and the neoplatonists (theory of Emanations) that correspond nicely with Kabbalah. Some of the great Kabbalists from Provence/Languedoc were also influenced by these Greek thinkers/Philosophers, whose writings they received via the Moors of Spain. I understand your point but please try not to make false statements to drive your thesis through...Greek Soul-school influenced Judaism and in particular Jewish Mysticism in many ways.

(33) rivka, January 1, 2012 9:23 PM

you are right. To a great degree we have lost, but one must never give up hope that the little spark of Judaism within each one of us will come out. I try to act appropriately at my job so that my non-Jewish and Jewish non-religious co-workers see how a frum Jew can act (I try my best since it is an awesome task). My husband and I have tried to instill important Jewish values to our children and can only hope that they will perpetuate these values on to the next generation.

(32) willy, December 31, 2011 7:03 AM

with all do respect, I disagree

Jews don't do Christmas. they do Chanukah.and there is an difference. if you change one persons life then you won. and if this country would try to do what you said and repeat what the Greeks tried to do, then in honor of my grandpa who was an Jew, I will fight some things are worth fighting for and this is one of them

(31) Etaoin Shrdlu, December 26, 2011 6:22 AM

No, we've won that war.

Fortunately, in this country (America) the government would not and cannot try to do what Antiochus Epiphanes did. Our Constitution forbids it, and most Americans would resist such an attempt. Your cry that we are losing the “war on Chanukah” reminds me of the (so-called) Christian right’s phony “war on Christmas”. Please don’t ape their example.

(30) J. Arthur Rook, December 23, 2011 5:25 PM

Survive thru determination.

It only takes one Jew that is aware that all power comes from our G_d! David did not hesitate and changed the outcome as should we.

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