Monday, December 7, 2015

From Jediism to Judaism: Star Wars as Jewish allegory

AISH.COM
By Daniel Perez

A long time ago in a place far, far away... It is a period of civil war. A new government has declared the practice of the old faith a crime punishable by death, disbanding an ancient order of sages and sending many into exile. Rebel fighters, striking from a hidden base, have won their first major victory against the evil Empire, stirring a spirit of defiance among the populace. No, not Star Wars. The above synopsis is actually the story of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival that commemorates a miraculous victory of Israelite insurgents against the tyrannical Seleucid Empire roughly 2,200 years ago. Happy Hanukkah, and may the Force be with you! [link]