Hanukkah in Gaza and a prophecy about the course of the war

On Simchat Torah we were attacked, on Hanukkah we destroyed our enemies, on Purim it was the Persians’ turn.

By Michael Selutin | | Topics: Jewish Holidays, Gaza
Israeli soldiers take part in a Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony in the Knesset on the sixth evening of Hanukkah. Photo by Flash90
Israeli soldiers take part in a Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony in the Knesset on the sixth evening of Hanukkah. Photo by Flash90

As Jews around the world celebrate Hanukkah, which commemorates the victory of the Jewish armies over the Greek occupiers, our soldiers fight with our enemies deep in the hell of Gaza. It is certainly an experience that will impact the rest of their lives, and the Hanukkah holiday provides a fitting backdrop to the soldiers’ monumental task.

When they light the Hanukkah candles in the ruins of Gaza in the evening and recite the corresponding blessings and verses, they come almost into direct contact with their ancestors, who found themselves in a very similar situation around 2,200 years ago.

This time, however, the soldiers in Gaza have their Hanukkah candles to remind them that God is on their side and that their fight today is as much a battle of light against darkness.

Hanukkah in World War I and today. Image: Social media, Article 27.

The images on social media of Hanukkah menorahs in Gaza illustrate this battle between good and evil: where Israeli soldiers light candles, the people of God have triumphed against His enemies. Slowly and with painful losses, light is spreading into the darkness of Gaza.

Just like the Maccabees, our soldiers today will make history. There will be a day of remembrance in Israel for the massacre on October 7th, which may be combined with a day of rejoicing to commemorate the victory against our enemies that brought the country peace.

Jewish holidays represent certain energies that are active at these times, as history continues to spiral. Hanukkah 2,200 years ago is similar to Hanukkah today, and just like back then, the Jewish people are fighting for survival.

Likewise, the Simchat Torah holiday of October 7 corresponds to the same day thousands of years ago. On Simchat Torah, Jews celebrate the conclusion of the annual Torah reading and the beginning of the new cycle. Perhaps Simchat Torah on October 7 symbolizes the end of an ancient Israel and the birth of a new nation that dares to do the right thing despite international criticism.

The next Jewish holiday is Tu Bishvat on January 25th. The day marks the New Year of the trees and represents renewal and rebirth. That is roughly the time that our army leadership estimates for the end of the offensive in the Gaza Strip.

We have to wait until March 23rd for Purim this year, but the day when we celebrate our victory over Amalek and the Persians will come.

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One response to “Hanukkah in Gaza and a prophecy about the course of the war”

  1. Lennie Joensen says:

    Jeremiah ch 16, verses 15-16: “ 15Instead they will say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and all the other lands to which He had banished them.’ For I will return them to their land that I gave to their forefathers. 16But for now I will send for many fishermen, declares the LORD, and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill, even from the clefts of the rocks.”
    I think that the Jews better get out of Europe. I’m sorry to see them go. Bad things going on in Europe. . . Israel must clear Gaza of all heathens! The land belongs to Israel.

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