The secret history of Hanukkah

When it comes to Hanukkah, most are familiar with the story of the Maccabees’ victory over the mighty Seleucid Greek Empire and the miracle of the menorah oil lasting for eight days.

What is lesser known are the parts of the story involving Jewish power struggles, religious oppression, civil war, and a political alliance with Rome. Even though the “good guys” aren’t all good, Hanukkah remains a celebration of resilience, beating the odds, and standing up for one’s beliefs.

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