Listen to the United States Under-Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Adam J. Szubin, invoke Chabad’s Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson’s message of Hanukkah and don’t miss the shout out to President Ronald Reagan for naming it the “National Menorah”.
Ever wonder what the miracle of Hanukkah, the ‘light’ of the eight days of oil, represents?
Additionally, in the opinion of one scholarly skeptic, Hanukkah’s sub rosa significance, communicated esoterically through the image of the menorah, is as a testimony to “the supreme position which the Holy Judaic People occupy in God’s eyes. …The secret of Hanukkah was disclosed by Rabbi Levi Isaac ben Meir of Berdichev (known as ‘the Kedushat Levi’ after his eponymous treatise), an important eighteenth century halachic [legal] authority, who revealed the fact that lighting the Hanukkah menorah does not commemorate the victory of the Biblical Maccabees.
The arcane traditional doctrine of Chazal (i.e. the “sages” of the Talmud) concerning Hanukkah is that it commemorates God’s “delight in the Jewish people” themselves, and their vainglorious celebrations. The secret teaching of Hanukkah is that God supposedly provided a mythical eight days of oil not as a means of facilitating a victory, or of guaranteeing the successful completion of a sacred duty, but rather as a sign (halacha osah mitzvah), of His continuing adoration of the Judaic people, which all the rest of us are supposed to emulate, as we do indeed whenever a menorah is erected where a Nativity scene is banned.
How did Hanukkah originate?
The Chanukah 'miracle of the oil' has its origin in Talmud tractate Shabat 21b and is generally accepted as originating 600 years after the events recorded in Book of Maccabees. Numerous rabbinic scholars have determined that the fable was invented at a time when militant Judaism would be a liability (c.f. the Bar Kochba rebellion), and so the 'miracle of the oil' was contrived and emphasized over the militant theme in the Book of Maccabees to mollify fanatics and thereby avoid backlash. This is an example of Judaic dispensationalism at work. For our time, when fear of backlash is less, we can see that the militant theme of Chanukah is more heavily emphasized (c.f. George W. Bush's White House Chanukah party speeches, Chabad Chanukah literature).
Why is Dreidel-Man at the menorah lighting?
Synagogue and State
David Ben-Gurion, Israeli Prime Minister, and Abba Eban, Israeli Ambassador to the United States, presented Harry S. Truman with a menorah in the White House on May 8th, 1951. It was the first menorah in the White House.
Gerald Ford's 1975 letter to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. The Chabad-Lubavitch sect of Hasidism, of which Schneerson was the head of, is responsible for the public display of the ‘National Menorah’ on federal government grounds.
Navy operations Spc. Eric Sanders, left, watches Rabbis Elazar Bogomilsky, right, and Eli Estrin give a blessing after lighting an electric menorah aboard the USS Ford on Thursday at Naval Station Everett on the fifth night of Hanukkah. Sanders was instrumental in getting the menorah on board ship, December 30, 2005.
Jimmy Carter lighting the National Menorah at Lafayette Park with Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, December 17, 1979.
President Reagan Meeting with the Friends of Lubavitch, Abraham Shemtov, Moshe Herson, Shlomo Cunin, Samuel Raichik, Moshe Feller, Israel Shmotkin, Yoseph Groner, Sholom Wineberg, Abraham Korf, and Zelig Rivkin, December 15, 1987.
President George H. W. Bush speaking with children at 1991 White House Staff Hanukkah Menorah lighting.
Bill Clinton became the first president to actually light the menorah in 1993 with a dozen schoolchildren in the Oval Office.
Rabbi David Twersky with President and First Lady Bill and Hillary Clinton in the White House on December 22, 2000.
George W. Bush lights the menorah in 2001, the same year he inaugurated the White House Hanukkah Party.
George W. Bush later lit this Hanukkah menorah in White House on December 15, 2008.
Barack Hussein Obama at the White House Hanukkah Ceremony in 2010.
Barack Hussein Obama's words at the White House Hanukkah Ceremony on December 2, 2010.
Barack Hussein Obama with the ‘displaced persons’ menorah in 2011 celebrating Hanukkah.
Barack Hussein Obama words at the White House Hanukkah Ceremony on December 8, 2011.
Ten days early, Barack Hussein Obama cites the Prophecy of Isaias (Isaiah) from the Old Testament as stating that the Jewish people are the messiah or “a light unto the nations” as first done by Shlomo Yitzchaki (aka Rashi), jokes that the mainstream media is Jewish, and invokes a ‘tall tale’ from the Hasidic High Priest of Holocaustianity, Elie Wissel, as well as says that Wiesel corrected him many times, and endorses Talmudists as the eternal victims on December 16, 2016.
Ten days early, Barack Hussein Obama has his second menorah lighting and cites a fable as truth “George Washington and the menorah of Valley Forge” and says that Hanukkah inspired America’s founders two centuries ago to revolt from the British Crown, and Barack give a shout out to the deceased terrorist Shimon Peres and his family in attendance.
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