(This article originally appeared in the Israeli newspaper, Ha-aretz, December 2012)
Hanukkah is widely observed as a holiday that celebrates religious freedom. The persecuted Jews of ancient Israel waged battle against their Syrian/Hellenistic oppressors, and won the right to rededicate the Temple and to restore Jewish worship and religious practices.
Religious freedom is a wonderful thing. It allows us to worship God freely, without being coerced or intimidated by others.