by Bob Johnson
Tonight is the start of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. Hanukkah is a celebration, we are told, of the Jews rebelling against an evil Syrian king. The “miracle” of Hanukkah is that the Jews only had enough consecrated, or clergy approved, oil to last one night but their god made it last for eight nights. This gave them enough time to press and consecrate more “holy” oil for their lamps as the story goes.
The reality of Hanukkah is that the Jewish clergy did not like the fact they were losing their flocks, and therefore their power, to God-given reason.
Obama on the first night of Hanukkah at the White House.