The Festival of lights
by Rob Kerby, Senior Editor
About 160 years before the historic events that Christians celebrate at Christmas, the Jewish people were struggling under the oppressive occupation of a Syrian-Greek invader, Antiochus IV. Delighting in the perverse, he sacrificed a pig in to his pagan gods in the Jewish Temple, forbade Israel from observing their faith in they way they had for centuries – ever since Moses came down from Mount Sinai. Furthermore, Antiochus was determined to blot out Hebrew culture. Alarmed, a small group, the Maccabees, inspired a rebellion.