Hanukkah between Judith and the Maccabees

The Book of Judith is considered the main book that is read on the Feast of Hanukkah... despite the doubts that surround this book, especially on the part of their Protestant friends.

Hanukkah between Judith and the Maccabees

The book of Judith deals mostly with the story of the character of Judith daughter of Merari, who is considered a Jewish heroine of high status, and her biography is widely taught to Jewish and Christian children, despite the fact that some call her

With "Bloody Judith"!!!

Some people attribute their calling to her by that name because her heroism and fame came from her slaughter of an Assyrian commander called “Holofernes,” who had been sent by the most famous Assyrian king, Nebuchadnezzar, to besiege the city of Israel...

The book says that Holofernes l had detained the wealthy Jewish widow, Judith, along with her maidservant... and it seems that Holofernes was impressed by her, as he allowed her to move easily between the tents of his army besieging Israel... and in one night she was able to... Judith, with the help of his maid, entered the tent of Holofernes, made him drunk, and separated his neck from his head...then she and her maid left the tent and returned to the city without anyone catching them.

Perhaps you have understood that the role model of the Jewish girl is no longer strong, violent, and uses her beauty and attractiveness intelligently.

Although these events mentioned in the book are not the events in which the Jews celebrate Hanukkah, they are very close in terms of content and significance... The occasion or secret of celebrating Hanukkah, according to Jewish belief, is a holiday not mentioned in the Torah and dates back to the second century BC, when The Maccabean Jews, or what are also called the Hasmoneans, led a rebellion against the Seleucids, or rather the Greeks, in 165 BC. M. After King Antiochus IV attempted to impose Hellenic culture and traditions on the Jews, and impose the worship of the Greek gods in the Temple of Solomon, the Hasmoneans were victorious in their revolution and reoccupied Jerusalem and the Temple

It is also mentioned, according to Jewish belief, that according to a Talmudic legend, when the Hasmoneans or Maccabees entered the Temple after the victory, they found a small jug of pure oil that was supposed to be emptied after one night, but miraculously it continued for eight days, and therefore the celebration of Hanukkah continues for eight days.

This holiday is celebrated from the twenty-fifth of the month of Kislev to the second or third of the month of Tibet according to the Hebrew calendar, and its date ranges according to the Gregorian calendar from the last week of November to the last week of December.

This year, it is celebrated from the seventh of December to the fifteenth of the same month


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