The Story of Chanukah and its Relation to Modern Day Anti-Semitism
By Peri Nitkin, Spring 2016
This essay descibes how Anti-Semitism has been present for thousands of years and how it is still an ongoing problem today. Although there are many organizations in modern day America that help fight anti-Semitism on a daily basis, it is still an ongoing problem. Organizations such as, AIPAC, Stand with us, and Christians United for Israel help suppress the anti-Semitism in our modern world. A major Anti-Semitism act in history is described in the story of Chanukah, when the Syrian-Greeks tried to convert the Jewish people. When the Jews would not convert against their will the Syrian-Greeks gave them no other option but death.
Throughout histroy there have been multiple cases of anti-Semitism. One of the largest acts of anti-Semitism that still haunts our society today is the holocaust. Even though the holocaust was the most brutal time in Jewish history, the Jewish people persevered. The strength of the Jewish people is the reason the Jewish religion is still alive today. The Jews have become accustomed to standing up against anti-Semitism. The history of Chanukah and the holocaust are shared with every generation in hope that these acts will never happen again. Chanukah serves as one of the many examples of the Jewish people rising up to protect their religion against anti-Semitism. Today Jews all over the world celebrate the holiday of Chanukah to signify how the Jews overcame the great odds against them.