Why the Fascinating History of Hanukkah & the Maccabees ‘Matters’ to Every ‘Freedom-Loving American’

This is simply an exciting and revealing 7 minute video about the history of Hanukkah and the creation of our country.  Most of us were  never taught this.  Like Mr. Stakelbeck, I too thought Hanukkah was just a ‘curious sideshow on the road to Christmas.’    And like him I was ‘blown away’ when I heard the real history of what Hanukkah represents.   You will be too.

This monologue by Eric Stakelbeck over at The Blaze is a terrific history lesson that will surprise you and one that every American needs to know.


Why the Fascinating History of Hanukkah & the Maccabees ‘Matters’ to Every ‘Freedom-Loving American’


Posted on December 6, 2013 by Eric Ritz

Erick Stakelbeck, author of “The Brotherhood: America’s Next Great Enemy,” told the story of Hanukkah on The Glenn Beck Program Friday, saying it has meaning for every “freedom-loving American…who’s concerned that we are losing our country to sinister forces.”

Stakelbeck said it makes “no difference” whether you are Jewish, Christian, agnostic, or anything else — “Hanukkah matters, because Hanukkah is the story of the Maccabees.”

“It begins about 170 years before the birth of Jesus,” the guest host began. “At that time, Israel was part of the Greek Seleucid Empire, which was ruled by a mad Jew-hating king named Antiochus Epiphanes. In the year 169 B.C., his forces invaded Israel. They sacked Jerusalem, slaughtered thousands of Jews, murdered women and children in the streets, and sold many thousands more into slavery.”

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