Ok…I'll plunge in…Chanukah is not a minor holiday for the plain reason that without the events leading up to and including the miracle there would have been no Judaism left to celebrate. All things being equal that is, which they are not. Since Purim is mentioned here. Mordecai tells Esther that if she remains silent help will arise for the Jews from some other corner. If the Maccabees hadn't revolted against Syrian oppression, there would have been more than the sacrificing of a pig on the altar. On the other hand maybe help would have arisen from another quarter, but I don't remember hearing anything of the sort at the time. On the third hand, the entire world is still trying to tell Jews what to do with the practices that Hashem chose in order for Jews to be recognized as separate from the gentiles. Christians should sit up and take notice of this as well, since without Chanukah there would have been no Israel for their messiah to come to. Now that the bones have come up from the dust, put on flesh, and had life from the Creator breathed into them, there is now an Israel for HaMashiach to come to…unless, of course Syria and the world system that wishes to bow to it succeed in preventing the temple to be rebuilt, or preventing shecita, or bris milah, or all three. This is simple logic, no advanced degrees necessary.
Comment by Gil Gilman — October 30, 2013 @ 4:19 PM