Monday, January 02, 2006

I wonder if they required m'tzitza b'peh?

Ah, the Maccabees, those fine fighters for religious tolerance:


42: Then there united with them {the Maccabees} a company of Hasideans, mighty warriors of Israel, every one who offered himself willingly for the law.
43: And all who became fugitives to escape their troubles joined them and reinforced them.
44: They organized an army, and struck down sinners in their anger and lawless men in their wrath; the survivors fled to the Gentiles for safety.
45: And Mattathias and his friends went about and tore down the altars;
46: they forcibly circumcised all the uncircumcised boys that they found within the borders of Israel.


I Maccabees 2:42-46



And, no doubt, required the use of "metzitza b'peh," which is, if we are to believe the frummer rabbis, the equivalent of Shabbos.

Chappy Hanukkah!

4 Comments:

Blogger David said...

Where did you get the idea that the Maccabbees were fighting for "religious tolerance"? As I understand it, they were fighting for the future of Judaism. Hence, "and he destroyed the ungodly out of Israel."

11:40 AM  
Blogger The Jewish Freak said...

The bigger question is: Did they serve bagels afterwards, and was the cream cheese cholov yisroel? - JF

2:53 PM  
Blogger Conservative Apikoris said...

Where did you get the idea that the Maccabbees were fighting for "religious tolerance"?

I think from President Bush's proclamation.

As I understand it, they were fighting for the future of Judaism.

Yes, a future in which their version of Judaism was the only version and they were the ones with all the power. The Hellenizers were also fighting for the future of Judaism.

8:40 PM  
Blogger David said...

Maybe you shouldn't get your information about Hanukkah from President Bush.

3:43 PM  

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