CHANUKAH: LIGHTS IN THE WINDOW
About 2100 years ago the Greek-Syrian ruler, Antiochus, sought to forbid the practice of Judaism in what is now Israel and ordered Jews to turn instead to the Greek gods and pagan-worship, the very antithesis of the Jewish faith, which gave birth to monotheism.
In a victory against all odds, the Jews defeated Antiochus’s army, restoring their right to worship, and rededicated the Second Temple in their ancient capital, Jerusalem. This is considered the first battle for religious freedom and is the basis for the Jewish holiday of Chanukah.
Starting Sunday, December 18, the first night of Chanukah this year, people of all religious faiths will display the Chanukah menorah in their windows, in solidarity with Jews facing increasing antisemitism and with religious freedom for all peoples.