The Penalty of Physical Violence.
June 18th, 2010.
Santa Cruz, California
Received by FAB
I am here, Judah Maccabee.
I was attracted by your love. I prompted you because you were reading a poem by Emma Lazarus about my family, and I wish to impart a message to the Earth.
The message is that physical violence, no matter how seemingly justified, takes its toll of suffering on this side of life. I know that humanity has justified it because it is often associated with a righteous cause, as was the case with me. But these things of physical conflict and violence did not bring me happiness; they brought me suffering and unhappiness instead.
But I don’t wish to denigrate the beautiful symbol of the celebration of Hanukkah as a tribute to the survival of the Jewish people. I’m just conveying my own direct experience, which has been directly contrary to what I had expected. What I am saying is a fact of my life that cannot be denied.
Judas Maccabeus (or Judah Maccabee, also spelled Machabeus, or Maccabaeus, Yehudah HaMakabi, Judah the Hammer) was a Kohen and the third son of the Jewish priest Mattathias. He led the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire (167-160 BCE) and is acclaimed as one of the greatest warriors in Jewish history alongside Joshua, Gideon and David.
The Jewish feast of Hanukkah (“Dedication”) commemorates the restoration of Jewish worship at the temple in Jerusalem in 165 BCE, after Judah Maccabee removed the pagan statuary. (Source: Wikipedia)