Love of the Land

For the week ending 12 December 2009 / 24 Kislev 5770

Maccabee A Name and Battle Cry

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
The military miracle of Chanukah is always associated with Yehuda Maccabee, the heroic son of Matityahu, the Kohen Gadol, who led the revolt against the Hellenist oppressors.

One explanation for the name Maccabee is that it is an acronym of the Hebrew verse Mi chamocha ba-eilim Hashem ("Who is like You among the gods, Hashem!")

This was apparently the battle cry of the army led by Yehuda that puts its faith in G-d as the source of their success.

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