So a long time ago, like 2300 years ago, the Ancient Greeks conquered Israel. And things were OK for a while, but then it just got weird. And somewhere around Episode 3, the Greeks became Syrians and got a bad King named Antiochus. So the Ancient Greeks worshipped a bunch of Gods and did their workouts in the gymnasium without any clothes on, and tried to force the Jews to worship all the Gods, and exercise naked. OK all the different gods is a bit weird, but can we give them a pass on the not wearing a lot of clothes thing? I mean, maybe they could film the scenes in slow-motion or something. With red swimsuits! It’s kinda good for the ratings, trust me on this.
Wait where was I? OK, so there was a guy named Judah Maccabee, and he decided to stand up and fight this crime with the help of his brothers and an incredible black chariot with these moving red LED lights on the front. And the chariot could talk and it would give Judah Maccabee advice and stuff. I mean, how cool is that?
Then Judah and his brothers told the Syrians; “Hey! We’re Looking for Freedom from your unfair rules!” So they led the Jews against the Syrian Army. But it was tough. The Syrians shot lots and lots of arrows at the Jews, and they had to avoid getting hit. Kinda like Dodgeball. But in the end, Judah Maccabee led the Jews to victory. And the Syrians learned a very tough lesson: Don’t Hassle the Hasmoneans!
And then they went back to their Temple, which was totally trashed. And they had to light their big lamp, and even though there was only enough
material oil to last one day, somehow they stretched it out to 8 seasons days! Again, did they film it in slo-mo? No idea.
And today we celebrate this holiday with tasty doughnuts. And latkes! the latkes are so good, I could eat them off the floor!
Happy Hoffukah everybody!