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Saturday, December 12, 2009
Chanukah: Absolute truth, not pluralism!
Due to the common coincidence of Chanukah and a certain other widely celebrated non-Jewish holiday, there is a tendency in secular circles to lump them together, and for Jews and non-Jews to cheerily wish one another “happy holiday.” Which holiday, you ask? Whichever holiday one happens to be celebrating around “holiday season.”
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I always thought of the right to religious freedom as the right to practice your own religion - no matter how wrong it may be.ReplyDelete
Indeed, that is a correct understanding of the secular concept of religious freedom. My point in the post is that this idea has no basis in Judaism, and that it has no connection at all with Chanukah.ReplyDelete
Thank you Rabbi Oliver for the link to your article, which I highly encourage my readers to check out.ReplyDelete
Interesting how similar our titles were, both using the phrases "absolute truth" and "pluralism". I loved how you used explain Chanuka, contrary to popular understanding, has nothing to with pluralism. Ironic also is that the Maccabees are currently portrayed in some circles as these mighty soldiers fighting for Jewish nationalism, instead of the Torah scholars fighting for Hashem's Torah that they really were.