I agree.JoeyKnothead wrote:'Preciate it.Jrosemary wrote:I love your Chanukah write up, Joey!Joey Knothead wrote:It seems the first act of this revolt was by a person named Mattithias the Hasmonean, who must be famous because he's got his own wikipedia entry all to himself. Well anyways, Mattithias wasn't having no part of some outsider telling him how to worship and he up and killed another Jew right there on the spot for giving in. After cutting out, it went well there for about a year, but even Mattithias ended up there on the dead side of things.
Mattithias always struck me as a John Brown type figure. Scary and maybe crazy fanatical, but arguably necessary.
Seems somebody bothered the wrong person
I see a lesson here - Don't expect others to respect your god unless your out there respecting theirs.
Let it be noted that Jews are barred from access to Temple Mount in the present day; that area, which was the site of the First and Second Temples, remains under the control of Muslim authorities, because it is today the site of the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Muslim holy places.
By way of contrast, when Jerusalem was under the control of Jordan and the Muslim authorities, the Western Wall -- the holiest site in the world to Jews -- was quite deliberately and with conscious, malicious intent, used as a public latrine and garbage dump.