Antiochus IV Epiphanes ruled the land of Israel (as well as much larger area of the Middle East) as one of the successors of the three generals to whom Alexander the Great left his kingdom after he died. According to 1 Maccabees, he wanted to unite the citizens of his empire behind the Greek religion, and declared that all of the Jews had to convert. There were a lot of Jews who went along with this. No doubt, they liked the idea of being able to eat delicious foods like pork, and the Greek culture was more advanced than Jewish culture.
But Mattathias, a Jewish priest in charge of the town of Modin would have none of this. When Antiochus sent some of his officers to convert the town, Mattathais killed one of the officers, as well as a Jew who publicly converted.
Mattathias then led a bunch of renegades into the desert and they started gathering an army. There was an early battle which occurred on the Sabbath, and the Jews refused to fight because it was the Sabbath. As a result, Antiochus’ army slaughtered a thousand Jews. After that, Mattathias said there would be no more of this not fighting on the Sabbath. This was a lesson the Jews had to relearn in 1973 when the Muslims attacked them on Yom Kippur.
After Mattathias died, he son Judas Maccabeus took over. Mattathias and Judas Maccabeus were badass. Not only did they kill a lot of gentiles, the also killed Jews who had abandoned their religion. The real miracle of Hanukkah is that Judas Maccabeus was able to defeat the gentiles with a much smaller guerilla army. After Judas Maccabeus took over the temple, they had eight days of celebration and he declared those eight days should be celebrated in future years. Thus the holiday of Hanukkah. However, the story didn't end with the re-dedication of the Temple; there were many years of fighting which followed.
The alleged “miracle” about the light burning for eight days was never part of the original story. This was made up by pussy pacifist rabbis hundreds of years later who wanted to de-emphasize the martial nature of the holiday.
If Judas Maccabeus were in charge of modern-day Israel, he would force all of the Palestinians to convert, or boot them to the other side of the Jordan River. He would tear down that mosque that was built on top of the Temple and reconstruct the Temple.
Hanukkah is an obsolete holiday because Jews should be celebrating their victories over Muslims since the founding of Israel and not stuff that happened two thousand years ago. Pacifist Jews who don't want to reclaim the entire land of Israel for Jews and who don't want to tear down that mosque that's defiling the holiest site of Judaism are not honoring the holiday of Hanukkah.
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It occurs to me that this would make a great videogame. You play Judas Maccabeus, and the goal is to kill gentiles with your sword, and after you kill a lot of gentiles your level increases and you learn "spells" which are invoked with Jewish prayers, and you would see Hebrew letters going across the screen. After you capture the Temple, you'd get extra bonuses from going there to sacrifice animals. Eventually, when you are high enough level, you will be able to kill Antiochus himself and free the Jews.