Hanukkah: Celebration of freedom

Freedom New Mexico Observant Jews around the world began the celebration of Hanukkah, a festival of lights, on Wednesday. It was instituted to celebrate the liberation of Israel from domination by the Syrian Seleucid empire, which sought to suppress the traditional Hebrew religion by law and violence. It is thus a celebration of religious freedom, […]

Hanukkah history pertinent lesson

By Freedom Newspapers Jews throughout the world have begun the celebration of Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights that commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after Israel regained its independence from the Seleucid or Syrian Greeks in 165 B.C. After Alexander the Great died, the empire he conquered was divided among his generals, […]

Hanukkah time to renew vigilance, protect freedom

Freedom Newspapers Hanukkah is sometimes called the “Jewish Christmas” because it occurs at the same time of the year. And this year, as it happens, it actually began on the same day. Hanukkah, however, has its own origins and meaning, and begins with the triumph of the Maccabee guerrilla fighters, around 165 BCE, against the […]