Love of the Land

For the week ending 16 December 2006 / 25 Kislev 5767

Modi'in Fortress of the Hasmoneans

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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The modern city of Modi'in founded in 1994 and the religious community of Modi'in Ilit (Kiryat Sefer) nearby recall one of the miracles of Chanuka now being celebrated by Jews throughout the world.

As we say in the special prayer of that day, "It was in the days of Matityahu, son of Yochanan the Kohen Gadol, the Hasmonean, and his sons" that the miracle of "the mighty and numerous Greek forces" bent on forcing assimilation were overcome by "the weak and few".

Mount Modi'in was the place where the Hasmoneans rallied their outnumbered forces and with the help of Heaven achieved victory over their oppressors.

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