The heroic story of the Maccabees serves at the motivation behind Adam Milstein’s most recent article in HuffPost. The article, “Pride and Courage: Gifts for Our Children in 2018,” revisits the acts of courage, bravery, and determination of the Maccabees to protect Jewish identity and land. This combination of traits resulted in the defeat of the Greeks despite having fewer numbers and inferior weapons.
The homeland of the Jewish people, known as the Land of Israel, was formed as result of their perseverance.
Adam Milstein, an author of the Times of Israel, who emphasized that these traits are just as relevant in modern times as they were in ancient times. And, he wrote it was important these ideals should be revisited during the holiday season when this article was written in late December.
He put together eight gifts that each Jewish family should have in 2018 that should inspire self-identity. He continued that there is strength in knowing where you are and where you are from.
These gifts, which includes viewpoints connecting the Maccabee’s positive to modern times, are:
– Belief in the Impossible
Adam Milstein wrote, for example, that courage was important in giving Jews the “courage and conviction” to support the Jewish state and speak out against those who pose a threat.
He also wrote that inspiring characteristics displayed by the Maccabees are a means of enriching the Jewish lives of the younger generation. This, he writes, will solidify the days to come and allow this generation to author a new history for the Jewish people based on stories from the past.
Adam Milstein is chairman of the Israeli-American Council, philanthropist, real estate entrepreneur and president of the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation.