The new US Embassy in Jerusalem
Just in case you don’t know the history of Hanukkah, here it is:
Hanukkah is a celebration of the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian army some 2,200 years ago. It was after the Greeks and the Jews had fought a war and the Greeks won, forcing their culture on the Jews. The Jewish Maccabees revolted and liberated Jerusalem. After finding their Jerusalem temple defiled by the worship of Zeus, they decided to rededicate it to God, relighting the Menorah whose source of fuel was olive oil. (which is better, Spanish, Italian or Greek olive oil? Just kidding!)
The US Embassy in Jerusalem distances itself from other allies who have kept their embassies in Tel Aviv, a more modern and secured city. But Jerusalem has historically been the center of the three great religions that share their roots in the Holy Land: Muslim, Christianity, and Judaism. Bethlehem is close by where Jesus Christ was said to be born in a humble manger, visited by the Three Kings who came from the East bringing lavish gifts to the new-born Messiah, which is what our current Christmas celebrations and Epiphany in Spain is all about.
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