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There is a glamour and mystery about the Feast of Lights. Miss Solis-Cohen takes up the challenge of Hanukkah to the modern Jew and tries to explain it. The book will appeal to adults and to children, to those who seek knowledge on the holiday's origin and history.

element in the Hanukkah story, and it needs emphasis today as much as at any time in the past. But it is not only as a call to resistance that the story of Hanukkah has served as a source of inspiration to the Jewish people. The purity of the Jewish faith has always been connected with the need for sacrifice, and since the days of the Maccabees such sacrifice evokes their memory, and the memory of the men and women of their generation. Hellenists there were among the Jews of that day. Would they have been more numerous, and would the Jews as a whole have adopted a greater measure of Greek culture had not Antiochus attempted to force it upon them? Perhaps so; especially as to philosophy and science. Judaism has not been unreceptive to noble thought, from whatever source. Greek Alexandria indicates the possibility of mutual and harmonious influence. A millenium later we behold Judaic teachers discussing Aristotle and Ptolemy with a respect equal to that accorded Rab and Samuel. But that was — a millenium later. “ In the days of Mattathias . . . the Hasmonean, and his sons” Jews saw only “ the wicked Kingdom of Javan arising to destroy” their cherished religion; the attempt of a tyrant to impose upon them laws, beliefs, customs and ceremonial rites inferior to their own. To conform would have been easier than to resist; but they preferred to resist, and to remain loyal to what they held to be nobler and better. So Mattathias is reported as saying : “ Though all the nations that are under the king” s dominion obey him, and fall away every one from the religion of his fathers . . . we will not hearken to the king’s words, to go from our religion either to the right hand or to the left.”

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FRONT MATTERTitle PageCopyright PageDedication PageCONTENTSLIST OF ILLUSTRATIONSPREFATORYTO THE READERFOREWORDTHE VICTORY OF THE SPIRITHANUKKAH AND ITS SIGNIFICANCEGIFTSJUDAISM AND HELLENISMHANUKKAH AND ITS HISTORYTHE MACCABEAN SPIRIT IN ZIONISMHANUKKAH IN MUSICHANUKKAH AND THE MENORAHHASMONEAN COINSMODIN: Birth Place and Burial Place of the MaccabeesHANUKKAH IN OLDEN TIMESQUIPS AND QUIRKS FOR HANUKKAHHANUKKAH IN LITERATUREANCIENT WRITINGSTHE MACCABEAN REVOLTTHE MIRACLE OF OILTHE OBSERVANCE OF HANUKKAHMATTATHIAS CHARGES HIS SONSMODERN WRITINGSDRAMATHE DUNGEON IN THE CITADELTHE MAGIC TOPTHE VALIANT MACCABEESAT THIS SEASONVERSEFOR THE SABBATH OF HANUKKAHMACCABEAN BATTLE-SONGTHE BATTLE OF EMMAUSLAMPS OF DEDICATIONHANUKKAH HYMNTHE FEAST OF LIGHTSTHE BANNER OF THE JEWFEAST OF DEDICATIONSOLDIERSBEFORE THE MENORAHMATTATHIASBLESSINGS FOR HANUKKAHMY HANUKKAH CANDLESHANUKKAH LIGHTSTHE MENORAHTHE CALLHAIL THE MACCABEESHASMONEAN LIGHTSHANUKKAHPROSETHE MENORAHTHE MARTYRED MOTHERMESSENGERS AT MODINTHE HANUKKAH LIGHTSTHE RESCUE OF THE SAGETHE LIGHT THAT NEVER FAILEDFOR THE YOUNGA SONG OF ALWAYSRUTH SHINES THE MENORAHDREIDEL SONGHOW RUTH COUNTED THE HANUKKAH CANDLESHOW RUTH WENT OUT AT NIGHT—ON HANUKKAHA HANUKKAH STORYTHE BRAVE RIDERTHE EVER-BURNING LIGHT THAT WENT OUT AND WAS LIT AGAINHANUKKAH AT VALLEY FORGECOMMEMORATION OF HANUKKAHSERVICE FOR HANUKKAHA HANUKKAH PARTYTHE CANDLE DRILLCANDLE DRILL FOR HANUKKAHBIBLIOGRAPHYACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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