This week features:
Chanukah: Uncompromising Non-Warm Non-Fuzzy Defense of Torah
Yosef & His Brothers: Who is ‘Fessing What & Who is Forgiving Whom?
‘Tis the season of confrontation: Yosef squares off with his brothers, Yehudah and the Maccabees square off with the Greek oppressors and the Hellenizers from within, Israel squares off with the United States over its policy of detente with the genocidal regime of the Iranian ayatollahs, and Jewish worshipers on the Temple Mount square off with violent Muslim mobs.
No sooner did the Maccabees defeat the Greeks than the scourge of Hellenization began its return. No sooner do Yosef and his brothers reconcile than Pharaoh begins to impose the rules of exile. The harsh but crucial lesson: We must always be vigilant in our devotion to G-d and our love of the land of Israel.