Chanukah story (part 2)
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When a Jew came and made a sacrifice to the statue, Matityahu became even angrier. He killed the Jew and then the soldier with a knife. Then he raised the knife and yelled "he who is unto God, follow me!"
Many people fled into the hills with him and his sons. They became the Maccabees.
The Maccabees used guerrilla warfare tactics to ambush the Greeks at night, catching the soldiers by surprise.
The Greeks used elephants to help them get an advantage over the Jews. It worked to some extent - one of Matityahu's sons, Shimon, was flattened by an elephant!
When they finally reclaimed the Temple, it was unholy and desecrated. None of the oil was kosher anymore and there were statues and pork sacrifices all over the place!
When they finally restored the Temple, there was only enough oil for one day, and it would take eight days to make more oil. But, miraculously, the oil burned for eight days instead. That is why we have eight days of Chanukah - one for each day the oil burned.
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