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A Chanukah Miracle in Jerusalemand Here

In the 1st Book of Maccabees it is written: "Early in the morning on the 25th day of the ninth month, which is the month of Kislev, in the (ancient Greek) year 148 (corresponding to 164 BCE) they (the Maccabees) rose and offered sacrifice, as the law directs, on the new altar of burnt offering that they built...So they celebrated the Chanukah, the dedication of the (Temple and) altar for 8 days."

That first Chanukah 2,181 years ago reestablished Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish nation. For Jews, Jerusalem has been the capital of our people since King David. Through eras of sovereignty and of exile we have never forgotten Jerusalem. How poignant it is that THIS year's Chanukah will be celebrated just days after the United States has confirmed Jerusalem as Israel's capital. 

Criticism against the American declaration has poured forth from many quarters. Some question the timing, others question the wisdom, and still others question the motivation behind the move. 

Bret Stephens, a Pulitzer Prize winning editorial journalist for the New York Times, has written an excellent column analyzing the issue. Suffice it to say, I agree with him and hope that you will take the time to read the attached (please link the article) and consider his thoughts.

Susan joins me in wishing you and your loved ones a warm, joyous and meaningful Chanukah. May the lights on your chanukiah shine with the blessings of peace for all.

!חג חנוכה שמח

Click here to read the Jerusalem Denial Complex.

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