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Chanukah Message From Mayor Bloomberg

The following is the Chanukah message from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg:

“Hanukkah commemorates the triumph of the Maccabees over impossible odds, and is a time of joy for families all across New York City. It’s a celebration of faith and courage, reminding us to never lose hope, even in the toughest of times. That’s a message we can all take with us into the New Year. Later tonight, I will help light one of the world’s largest menorahs at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. Like the miracle of the flame that wouldn’t go out, the spirit of our City has never been brighter. To all New Yorkers celebrating, Happy Hanukkah.”

(YWN Desk – NYC)

8 Responses

  1. “It’s a celebration of faith and courage…”

    It’s a celebration of keeping strong in our allegiance to Torah values and NOT letting the decadent, perverted culture we were/are surrounded by, influence us to assimilate into their sick ways.

  2. If only Bloomberg & his ilk knew what the celebration of Chanuka was really about…! Triumph of the Chashmonaim (the faithful ie chareidim of those days) over the Yevonim & the Misyavnim (the assimilated Jews of those days)

    If the Conservative, Reform & otherwise assimilated Jew really knew what the heilige Y”T of Chanuka was all about, there would be warehouses full of unsold electric menoras.

  3. While it’s not polite to say so in mixed (with non-frum people listening) company, the war was between the Helenistic Jews versus the Frummies, and the Helenists brought in Greek regulars to help, and still lost, since most of the Yidden then were still frum. The issues then were the same as they are today (whether to be modern or old fashioned, straight or not). People like Bloomberg and Schumer were around back then – and they were on the losing side. Just look at the brachos – Tahor over Tamei, Osek be-Torah over Reform- the brachos aren’t about being a bunch of goyim.

  4. No. 1/5: So the lesson of Chanukah is for the frum to beat the daylights out of the non-frum? That is an egregious perversion of the story.

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