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I’m no theologian, and it’s often a mistake to judge the behavior of two thousand years ago by today’s standards, but I’m far from convinced that, whatever it may signify today, Hanukkah was originally about “killing the bad guys.” While, looked at one way, the story of the Maccabees can indeed be seen as an inspiring example of nationalist resistance to foreign rule, looked at another, they can be described as fundamentalist zealots fighting what was (essentially) a civil war with an agenda that included such delights as forcible circumcision (see 1 Maccabees, 2.44)….


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