Love of the Land

For the week ending 8 December 2018 / 30 Kislev 5779

Maccabee A Name and a Battle Cry

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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The military miracle of Chanukah is always associated with Yehuda the 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 the Maccabee, which put its faith in G-d as the source of their success.

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