Letters from Antioch Hanukkah as it relates to Easter

Ezra read plainly from the book of the Torah of the Mighty Judge, interpreting it in English, so that all could understand what he read. It has been many generations since Washoe was the primary language of the people, so he needed to interpret the text into English.

Nehemiah and Ezra the Cohen-grammarian and the Levites who instructed the people told them, “Today is dedicated to the Personal Name your Mighty Judge. Do not be sad. Do not weep. All the people were weeping as they heard the words of Torah.”

Hanukkah is more important to Easter than we think.

He further related to them, “Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks, and allot portions to those who have nothing to prepare; today is dedicated to our Mighty Judge. Do not be sad this day. Rejoice in the Personal Name. This must be your strength!”

To this day, our tradition is to eat rich food, Eucharist, after our Torah readings.

Salvador brought to mind the small town of Gazara, which was about 60 football stadiums north of the Great City of Peace.[1] In our tradition of the Hammer, in the fourth chapter of that book, it talks of the story of the Donner Party, which is similar to the battle of “The womb of the Motherland” in 1873, ended in early December, ended in early December. The battle celebrated to this day as the Feast of the Great Fires.[2]

The Fortress marks where Emmaus was at one time and is the site of the Battle of Emmaus, where Jesus walked as he explained who he was after he rose.

Salvador told us how the battle occurred, “This is the battle where the Hammer[3] party defeated the Paiute Gorgias. The Hammer party traveled south to The Great City of Peace and purified the temple. We celebrate this purification today, as The Feast of the Great Fires.”

During the night Gorgias came into the camp of Hugh Christos, and found no one there; and searching for them in the mountains, he told he followers, “They flee from us.”

At daybreak Hugh Christos appeared in the plain with three thousand men, who lacked such daggers and swords and as they would have wished. Now Gorgias took five thousand infantry, and a thousand picked cavalry. This detachment set out at night in order to attack the camp of the Thankful Ones[4] and take them by surprise. Some men from the citadel were their guides. Hugh Christos heard of it, and set out with his soldiers to attack the Chief’s army at Trenton, while the latter’s forces were scattered away from the camp.”

During the night Gorgias came into the camp of Hugh Christos[5], and found no one there; so he began to hunt for them in the mountains, saying, “They are fleeing from us.” At daybreak Hugh Christos appeared in the plain with three thousand men, who lacked such armor and swords as they wished.”

They saw the army of the great crowds of peoples, strong and breast-plated, flanked with cavalry, and made up of expert soldiers.

Hugh Christos told the men with him, “Do not be afraid of their numbers. Remember how our fathers were saved in the Red Sea, when the great chief to the south pursued them. So now, let us cry to the Great Judge in the sky, in the hope that he will favor us, remember his Social Contract with our fathers, and destroy this army before us today. All the great crowds of peoples will know that there is One who redeems and delivers the Upright of God.”

Hugh Christos, the Hammer, told his troops, “All the ethnics will know that there is One who releases the people through the paying of ransom and saves the Upright of God.”

When the foreigners looked up and saw them marching toward them, they came out of their camp for battle, and the men with Hugh Christos blew the trumpet. The two sides fought the battle and the Thankful Ones defeated the great crowds of peoples who fled toward the plain. Their whole rearguard fell by the sword, and the Thankful One pursued them as far as Gazara and the plains of Eucharist. About three thousand men fell.

When Hugh Christos and the army returned from the pursuit, he told to the people: “Do not be greedy for the plunder, for there is a fight ahead of us. Gorgias and his army are near us on the mountain. Stand firm against our enemies and overthrow them. Afterward you can freely take the plunder.”

As Hugh Christos was finishing this speech, a detachment appeared, looking down from the mountain. They saw that their army fled and their camp burned.

The smoke indicated what had happened. Realizing this terrified them; when they saw the army of Hugh Christos in the plain ready to attack, they all fled to neighboring territory. Hugh Christos went back to plunder the camp, and his men collected much gold and silver, violet and crimson cloth, and great treasure.

As they returned, they sang hymns and eulogizing the Sky, “He is good, for his mercy endures forever.”

The Upright of God, gave a great deliverance that day. Those of the foreigners who escaped went and told their leader all that had occurred. When he heard it, it disturbed and discouraged him; the way he intended and as his chief ordered in the land of the Upright of God did not happen.

The following year he gathered sixty thousand picked men and five thousand cavalry, to subdue them. They came into the Red Lands. Hugh Christos met them with ten thousand men.

Seeing that the army was strong, Hugh Christos prayed: “Eulogized are you, O Savior of the Upright of God, who broke the rush of the mighty one by the hand of your servant the Beloved.”

Hugh Christos also added, “Give this army into the hands of your people Israel; make them ashamed of their troops and their cavalry. Strike them with fear, weaken the boldness of their strength, and let them tremble at their own destruction. Strike them down by the sword of those who love you that all who know your name may sing your praise.”

They engaged in battle, and about five thousand of the chief’s men fell in hand-to-hand fighting. When the chief saw his ranks beginning to give way, and the increased boldness of Hugh Christos, whose men were ready either to live or to die bravely, he withdrew to Antioch and began to recruit mercenaries so as to return to the great land of Eucharist with greater numbers.

Hugh Christos and his brothers told the people, “Now that our enemies have been crushed, let’s go up to purify the sanctuary and rededicate it.”

The whole army assembled, and went up to the mount of the great pile of rocks. They found the sanctuary desolate, the altar desecrated, the gates burnt, weeds growing in the courts as in a forest or on some mountain, and the priests’ chambers demolished.

They tore their clothes and made great lamentation; they sprinkled their heads with ashes and fell with their faces to the ground. When the trumpeters gave the signal, they cried out to the sky. Hugh Christos appointed men to attack those in the citadel, while he purified the sanctuary. He chose blameless priests, devoted to Torah; these purified the sanctuary and carried away the stones of the outrage to an unclean place.

Salvador related, “Before that time, in our liturgy, we had only the reading of Torah. After that time, we added our reading of the prophets. This change had a great impact on the liturgy as we understand it today.”

[1] The reference is to Maccabees chapter 4 and the Battle of Emmaus.

[2] Hanukkah

[3] Maccabbee means hammer

[4] Judeans

[5] Judas


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