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Monday, December 19, 2005
Update of parts of Al-Hanissim rephrased in more politically modern terminology.

In the early years of the Third Jewish Commonwealth, a wicked faction rose up against the people of Israel and tried to make them forget their Torah and to lead them astray from your will.

But You delivered the majority into the hands of the minority,
the impure into the pure,
the Left in the hands of the Right,
the secular into the diligent hands of the Yeshiva students.

You worked a great victory and the Temple was restored in all its glory, and we light the eight candles of Chanuka in thanks and praise.

5 comments:

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

I'm just not sure the way you wrote it, that everyone lives happily ever after.

Joe Settler said...

I was just updating/rephrasing what is in the siddur. You dont like the ending? Blame chazal.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Though its much scarier (or maybe not), it would be nice if Am Yisrael finally banded togther with a common denominator.

Till now, only the threat of annihilation is the only thing that has managed to bring any unity to us.

The way you have the Al-Hanissim written would probably alienate many Jews...and just make them even more antagonistic.

I'm not saying it should be written politically correct. I'll have to think about it.

Joe Settler said...

So you're saying that the way Chazal wrote Al Hanissim would probably alienate many Jews...

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