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Thursday, January 18, 2018

U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem, Just a Headline?

When American President Donald Trump announced his historic recognition of Jerusalem as Capital of the State of Israel and Israel's right o choose its own capital city, he was very vague about the moving of the embassy.  Blunt-talking Trump was uncharacteristically politician-like in the matter.

American Jerusalem Consulate 

American Jerusalem Consulate

The other day, we heard from Bibi that the historic move would be this year. Technically, since the United States has a sparkling new large consulate in Jerusalem, the official status of that building with the Tel Aviv embassy can just be switched. Some staff would be reassigned, and the maintenance staff would switch signs. Israel is a tiny enough country for the workers to be able to commute easily.

Now, we hear from the news, that it will take three years for the move. And we all know that there's a big question about who will be the winner of the 2020 USA Presidential Elections. There's another question. Is the delay and tactic by the antisemitic, anti-Israel State Department to sabotage Trump's policy? That's very possible.

Stay tuned...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Thanks to Jewniverse, Dr. Seuss

Theodore Suess Geisel is best known for the 40-something children’s books he wrote and illustrated under his pen name, Dr. Seuss. But he had quite an interesting “adult” career, as well.
From 1941-1943, Seuss was the chief editorial cartoonist for the New York newspaper PM, and during his reign, he drew more than 400 political cartoons. With World War II on his mind, Seuss’ cartoons often took on Hitler, the Nazi Party, and anti-Semitism at home and abroad.
In Dr. Seuss Goes to War, historian Richard H. Minear collects 200 of Seuss’ political cartoons from PM. In one  titled “Spreading the Lovely Goebbel’s Stuff” (September 18, 1941), a creature labeled as “Lindbergh” is shoveling out trash from the “Nazi Anti-Semite Stink Wagon.” (continued)
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Monday, January 15, 2018

Middle East Peace Farce

I just wish the world would stop focusing on "making Peace" between Israel and its sworn vicious enemies. Such a "deal" can only be deadly. Everybody willing to open their eyes and see what's going on and what has been forever can easily see that the Arab/Muslim culture is violent. It doesn't matter if it's in Libya, France, Syria or Israel.

Our enemies have adopted terrorism as their means of acting against us, and it isn't something new. It didn't begin with the 1967 Six Days War or the 1948 Israeli War for Independence. There was Arab terrorism long before Europe's nationalism evolved into the countries people today take for granted, like France, Germany and Spain.

There was always Arab terror against Jews. That's why hundreds of years ago Jews in the Holy Land lived in walled cities. Actually, that's why pretty much everyone lived in walled cities. There weren't many farmers. There wasn't an independent country here. There were poor people, some in villages, some in small walled cities and there were Christians in walled monasteries. Yes, in case you're wondering, there was also Muslim terror against the Christians.

In the more recent prestate time, first the Turks ruled totalitarian style and then the British were mandated by the League of Nations to prepare the Land, which was labeled on some maps Palestine, as a state for Jews. The British didn't like the idea and gave more than 50% of it to the Hashemite Tribe which they moved to the area east of the Jordan River. And that was the invention of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a country of nomads who had no common history ruled by a tribe that had no connection to them.

At the same time, Jewish Zionist began moving to the Holy Land and for the first time farming and started businesses. Those economic opportunities attracted more and more Arabs, mostly from the north, what is today called Syria and Lebanon.

Europe and Britain, instead of encouraging the Zionist enterprises and telling the Arabs how lucky they were, sabotaged the nascent Jewish state. It wasn't enough for them that Britain had invented Jordan, they decided to invent another Arab country which would be called Palestine. The United Nations, which succeeded the League of Nations as an international body, proposed and division of the remaining Mandate between the Jews and what they called "Palestinians." In order to make it easier for this additional new Arab state to survive, they gave it most of the land. There was no logical way the Jewish State could survive, but they left out one fact.  Gd wanted a Jewish State. After two thousand years of punishing exile, it was time for the State of Israel. Finally the Jewish People were ready to return.

The State of Israel is about to celebrate seventy 70 years of independence and the world isn't happy. it accepts and encourages Arab terrorism by blaming us for the violence. It has been "mentoring" the Arabs into making a new country, but it's not going to happen.

This Land is our Land and nobody else's!



Friday, January 12, 2018

A "Joke" of a Party- Politics!

You need a sense of humor and imagination at times to follow Israeli politics. Many times, pretty much before every Knesset election, some backer comes up with a "tasters menu" of losers and wannabes to run together as a "great white hope" political party.

Even if these new parties make it into the Knesset, they are a disaster, as they have nothing but ambition and failures in common. The latest such Frankenstein being touted, still nameless of course, though backed by a group of reform-minded sic activists called “Beshvil (For) Yisrael,” would include Adina Bar-Shalom, the daughter of the late Chief Rabbi of Israel and cofounder of the Shas party Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, former Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Yeruham Mayor Michael Biton and breakaway MK Orly Levy-Abekasis daughter of  popular former MK and Minister David Levy.

After following Israeli politics almost half a century, nothing is really new to me. I've seen and heard it all before. None of these politicians, and you don't have to be an MK to be one, show real leadership and trustworthiness. I can easily see how many polls asking Israelis who's best for Prime Minister show "none of the above" as first choice.

Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach
Have a Peaceful and Blessed Shabbat Everyone



Thursday, January 11, 2018

Arab Terrorism versus "Two State Solution"

There can never be a "Two State Solution" here in the Middle East, unless you're in favor of Hitler's "Final Solution." It's that simple. Both "solutions" are deadly for Jews.

Yes, it's that simple.




We Jews and the State of Israel do not have "peace partners." The aim of the Arabs and their enablers is the destruction of the State of Israel, Gd forbid, and the death of us, too.

Our cemeteries are full of innocent Jewish victims murdered by local Arabs. And our history is full of invaders and attempts at our annihilation and holocausts.

Deja vu, been there, done that. We've cried for our victims of terrorism and fought for our independence over and over. Each generation has its enemies. The Jewish People are a small people, but we've outlasted them all. And today's enemies will join all of those others in history books.

We will overcome in ways that no other people have survived, Gd willing. 

Gd willing we will soon have brave visionary leaders and we'll build our Holy Temple on the The Temple Mount, Har Habayit. Like when Nachshon stepped into the water causing it to part so the Jewish People could safely escape slavery to Pharaoh in Egypt, once we begin to build the Third Temple, it will miraculously be completed by Gd.

May it be speedily in our days, bimhaira biyameinu... Gd willing...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Rosh Chodesh Shevat Next Week!

Time flies as the saying goes. Winter is almost over. The Jewish Month of Shevat is almost here. Come to our Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh to pray for more rain and whatever personal needs you have.

The direct "line to Gd" is right here, where it has been for thousands of years. This is where the Biblical Mishkan, Tabernacle stood open for prayers from the time Joshua declared Shiloh the religious and spiritual Capital of the Jewish People until the time of Eli the High Priest.

Archeological digs and research are going on here all the time, and more has been revealed about Jewish life thousands of years ago. The archaeological site of Shiloh Hakeduma is open to visitors six days a week. Contact them for more information, visit@telshilo.org.il.

Women's Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Shevat 5778
Wednesday, January 17, 2017
1st of Shevat, 5778, 8:30am
Hallel and Musaf for Rosh Chodesh
Tour of Tel Shiloh
Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors.


תפילת נשים ראש חודש שבט בשילה הקדומה, תל שילה
יום ד' 17-1-2018
א' שבט, תשע"ח 8:30
הלל ומוסף לראש חודש
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות


For more information about our monthly Rosh Chodesh Prayers , contact me at shilohmuse@gmail.com.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

American Presidential Campaigns New Reality TV, Opra? Gevalt!

Ever since the main party presidential nominees in the United States began being selected by primaries, television has begun playing a very big part in the campaign. This is even more than the true story of how Richard Nixon lost a very close race to John F. Kennedy because of his lack of sweat shields/guards and not bothering to shave off his 5 o'clock shadow. Today's candidates have professional stylists, under various titles, just to make sure the candidate will look fresh, clean and attractive at all times of the day or night. But even Hillary's expensive wigs and makeup didn't cover her character blemishes.

It's no secret that Donald Trump's popularity with the public was a result of his reality tv shows. So the Left/Democrats have been searching for a celebrity to run in 2020. Administrative and political experience aren't necessary. They are looking for someone who has a big smile and can generate applause. Being black, female and able to learn lines is another priority, since their pet Obama was addicted to his teleprompter and other memory "aids."  National polictics is a media popularity contest, because nowadays twitter, whatsapp and facebook are where people fact check.

This is so pathetic and frightening too. Just a couple of decades ago, countries like India were mocked for electing movie stars. And even though Ronnie Reagan left movies for politics and had actual government experience, serving as the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975 before running for president, he was put down by the Left for his movie background.

Now the Democrats and Left are kvelling, because Oprah Winfrey made a speech that got applause and sounded like a campaign speech. Gevalt. Is a good diet and speech enough to be POTUS?


Monday, January 8, 2018

Strange Terror Statistics for 2017

MORE ROCKETS FIRED AT ISRAEL IN 2017 THAN PREVIOUS TWO YEARS
Significant decrease in number of terror attacks
Does it make sense to you?

I guess you must define what is meant by "terror attacks." Whoever put these statistics together doesn't consider the rockets/weapons fired at Israel as terror. If that's so, what are they?

Your opinion in the comments is very welcome, thanks.



Sunday, January 7, 2018

Women of Iran: Where are The International Feminists?

It seems that Feminism isn't just about gender roles and anti-female discrimination and cruelty. Their silence in reaction to the women's protest in Iran echos very loudly.

Dry Bones
A brave Iranian woman protests the sexist, anti-woman, and abusive rule of the Iranian dictatorship. It is an embarrassment that feminist and women's groups across the West are not marching in solidarity in the streets of our cities.
There's an agenda to everything Feminist, and they add generous coatings of teflon to those on the Left and Muslims. That's why they haven't given proper support to the #metoo from Iran.

The Feminists also supported the lech's enabler Hillary in the 2016 USA Presidential Election. She should have been shut out of the primaries completely, but they inexplicable love her. It just proves that if you're on the Left you're safe from justice.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Worth Repeating

The so-called "palestinians" sic don't have a history. It's all some newfangled thing made up by Europeans who didn't want to give land to Jews. The land in question is the very land that is in the Biblical narrative, the Jewish Bible.

Have you ever read the Bible?

What is it about?

It's about Judaism, Jews, the Land and what Gd wants of us.

Please listen to this talk by Dennis Prager. He is much more eloquent than I am.

Dennis Prager IAC Los Angeles Israeli American Council

Thursday, January 4, 2018

True Peace Only With Full Israeli Sovereignty in Jerusalem

It's no surprise that almost all countries are having fits about Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Capital of the State of Israel. They really wouldn't mind if there wasn't a State of Israel. Of course, they won't admit it. Many countries, and that includes the USA State Department hope that placating the international Arab terrorists with Jerusalem and all the Land held by Israel would make them safer. But the truth is that it would just empower them.

The cancer of international terrorism has turned pretty much every place into a "game" of Russian Roulette. Terror can strike wherever you are, Paris, London, New York etc. Claiming that Israel is the most dangerous spot is totally incorrect.

We have to counteract the terrorism in two basic ways.

  • One is zero tolerance which includes immediate execution without trial of any Arab terrorist. Do not give them a platform to preach or defend themselves. Certainly, when caught in the act, even in trying to transport/carry a weapon, only execution/death is the judicial answer. 
  • Two is for the State of Israel to make it 100% clear that Jerusalem is the Capital City of Israel and only Israel. It cannot and will not be shared or split. 
No international body or foreign meddler has any right to interfere or even voice a contrary opinion. The Jewish People, Religion and Kingdom have existed longer than any other. Have some respect.





Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Modern Jews Descended from Biblical Jews* (Completed)

Apparently, I either erased the ending of this post or never finished writing it before originally posting. Now, it's complete. Sorry for the mess.

One of the simplest proofs that today's Jews are the direct descendants of Biblical Jews can be found in the language of the Bible, the text, narrative and lettering.

Even at the peak of the great two thousand 2,000 year exile, Jewish People and communities were discovered all over the world, India, Europe, Africa all reading from the same scrolls, following the same holidays and rituals, telling the same historic narrative and yearning to return to the very same Jerusalem.

It's that simple to say and easy to prove.


Yesterday I was in the Israel Museum and its Shrine of the Book for the umpteenth time, this time with visitors from afar. At the Shrine of the Book, it was explained to them that the text on these very ancient Dead Sea Scrolls only found in 1947 is identical to the Bible, the Torah Scrolls read by Jews all over the world even today.

Not only are Torah Scrolls exhibited in museums, but they are read from and copied by Jews all over the world. They are the source of the Jewish Religion and also studied by Jews of all ages all over the world. There never was a time in our history when we didn't study the Bible, the first five books, which are the Torah and the rest of the books with make up the Tanach, Torah, Navi (Prophets) and Ketuvim (Writings.)

The very same texts were found studied by Jewish People in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. We Jews are the same People who observe the same religion. There are slight differences in customs and interpretations of the Torah Law, but the similarities are extraordinary. No other religion or people have a longer history. We Jews are the People of the Bible in every sense of the word. Of course, since we had been exiled thousands of years before the modern return, we do look a bit different from each other. When in exile, there were converts to joined us, and two to three thousands of years do have an affect as many people joined us in the belief that Judaism is the only true religion. But we worship the same Gd in the same language and celebrate the same Holidays.

Just to remind you that both Christianity and Islam were invented/established long after Judaism, and their primary aim is to replace us, Gd forbid.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Politics, Can We Trust The Polls?

LIkud Primaries, Electing the Leader of the Likud Party

Even though weather forecasts have become much more accurate in recent years, those of us who follow politics can reel off lists of elections that had been called totally wrong. There's no way that a few thousand people, even chosen by chance,  can accurately represent millions of voters. We've all seen how many mistakes there have been, especially in national elections, here in Israel and the United States.

The other day I saw Jeremy's headlines saying:
Maagar Mochot Poll: Yesh Atid 25, Likud 24, Bayit Yehudi 14, Zionist Union 12
And today they say:
Geocartography Poll: Likud 31, Yesh Atid 26, Zionist Union 13, Bayit Yehudi 12
How could there be such a difference? They were posted only one day apart. What do you think?

Monday, January 1, 2018

Crazy Dangerous World, Appeasement Won't Help


This is how the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is welcoming 2018:
North Korean leader: The launch button is on my desk
I'm not the one to make predictions, but I do read/know history. It takes many years to develop and build bombs. So, don't blame Trump. North Korea has been a dangerous totalitarian regime for many years. So, don't blame Trump.

If anything could have been done to get Kim out, it had to have been done under Obama or even earlier. So, don't blame Trump. Appeasement never helps.

And the anti-Vietnam War Movement made such a move by America impossible.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

January 1st is Not My "New Year"

Honestly, I could never quite figure out or identify with the custom of drinking to a stupor to "celebrate" the change in number of the January First "New Year." Even though I like the taste of some wines, beers and cocktails, my socializing isn't around drinking them. It was never our thing.

Also, as I was reaching the age when drinking is more accepted and legally permitted in New York, way back when, I was also getting more involved and attracted to Jewish Life.

My husband and I married pretty young, and then two months later we were off on a boat to Israel. In 1970, such goyishe customs as December 31 as "New Year's Eve" was hard to come by, and we weren't looking for it. American holidays like Thanksgiving and New Year's on January first were totally off of our radar and calendars. We became totally immersed in the Jewish Calendar, holidays and Israeli special days. And to be perfectly frank, not only didn't we miss the American ones, we totally forgot they existed. The only reminders were the increase in tourists and visitors during those times, since family and friends could more easily take a vacation abroad.

Here in Israel celebrating Jewish Holidays is very easy. They are the national holidays when offices, businesses, stores etc are all closed. Torah observant Jews don't have to use up all of their permitted days off on the holidays and annoy their bosses by requesting to leave work early on holiday eves.

The Jewish New Year is Rosh Hashanah, and it's a two day holiday, three if you include the fact that it begins before nightfall the day before. Only workers in emergency services, like police, military and hospitals have to work, because saving a life overrides everything in Judaism.

We pray to Gd on Rosh Hashanah, and the prayers include the blowing of the shofar, a sound that wakes up our soul.

We eat four festive meals over Rosh Hashanah, two evening meals and two late lunches. The object isn't to drink, even though there is usually wine on the table. We celebrate and ask Gd for a wonderful new year full of blessings, health and joyous occasions. We ask Gd to defeat our enemies and make us strong. We ask Gd to make us a "head" not a "tail," which is why many people have the "head of a fish" or some kosher animal on the table. I've been making a "fruit head" for many years.

Every year for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, I make a "fruit head" for a healthy wonderful year for family and loved ones.
The only thing I wish for every year when it hits the first of January is that I'll remember to put down the correct year number when filling out forms and writing checks. I must admit that remembering to write "2017" has been an effort all year long, so remembering "2018" will be an even greater challenge. May that be my greatest difficulty. What's yours? And if you do celebrate January 1st as your New Year, may it be a good one.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Women in The Bible/Tanach, Josef's Progeny

Sisters! The Daughters of Tzelofchad
by Raise Your Spirits Theatre
Today, during our Women's Shabbat Torah Class, my mind did one of its little whirls and took something said a bit further. The topic was the Torah Portion of this Week, Vayechi. It is the very end of the Book of Bereishit, Geneis. It gives us the foundations of Judaism, what Gd wants from us.

In my title I promised you something about Women in the Bible, and that's what you'll get here.

Vayechi is the portion in which Jacob blesses his sons and gives a short description of their characters and what could be expected from them. Jacob's sons are the first group of siblings of which all are included in the inheritance and each has a role in the future of the Jewish People. There is one exception. Joseph is given a double portion. His two son are blessed as if they were Jacob's own sons. Ephraim and Menashe were born in Egypt but are given the same rights as Joseph's brothers. Why?

Sisters! The Daughters of Tzelofchad
by Raise Your Spirits Theatre
Why is the status of Ephraim and Menashe raised? Could it be to help them assimilate into the family and make sure that they will want to leave Egypt and enter the Holy Land with their cousins? If that was the reason, it seems to have worked, at least with the females. The six women who showed the most attachment to the Land of Israel came from the tribes of Ephraim and Menashe.

Many people are familiar with the story of the five daughters of Tzlofchad, of the Tribe of Menashe. Being that they had no brother, and their father had already died, they feared that their family portion of Land would be given to others. They petitioned Moshe to find a way for them to inherit the Land and pass it on to their children. Moshe consulted with Gd and was told that as long as the daughters married within the tribe their children could inherit the family Land.

Sisters! The Daughters of Tzelofchad by Raise Your Spirits Theatre
It's very possible that there were similar situations in other tribes, but only these sisters petitioned Moshe to preserve the Land.

There's another lesser known descendant of Josef through his son Efraim, a granddaughter, She'era who is mentioned in Chronicles I, Chapter 7:
22And Ephraim their father mourned for them many days, and his brothers came to console him.
 
כבוַיִּתְאַבֵּ֛ל אֶפְרַ֥יִם אֲבִיהֶ֖ם יָמִ֣ים רַבִּ֑ים וַיָּבֹ֥אוּ אֶחָ֖יו לְנַֽחֲמֽוֹ:
23And he went in to his wife, and she conceived and bore a son, and he named him Beriah, because during a time of trouble she was in his house.
 
כגוַיָּבֹא֙ אֶל־אִשְׁתּ֔וֹ וַתַּ֖הַר וַתֵּ֣לֶד בֵּ֑ן וַיִּקְרָ֚א אֶת־שְׁמוֹ֙ בְּרִיעָ֔ה כִּ֥י בְרָעָ֖ה הָֽיְתָ֥ה בְּבֵיתֽוֹ:
24And his daughter was Sheerah, and she built the lower Beth-Horon and the upper one, and Uzen Sheerah.
 
כדוּבִתּ֣וֹ שֶֽׁאֱרָ֔ה וַתִּ֧בֶן אֶת־בֵּֽית־חוֹר֛וֹן הַתַּחְתּ֖וֹן וְאֶת־הָֽעֶלְי֑וֹן וְאֵ֖ת אֻזֵּ֥ן שֶֽׁאֱרָֽה:
As you can see from the Bible, She'era must have been a very dynamic woman. She built three cities.

If you go through those chapters in Chronicles, you'll notice that only the male descendants are mentioned, except for She'era and the Daughters of Tzelafchad. It makes me wonder... What about you?

Friday, December 29, 2017

Beauty and Necessity of Shabbat

Mosaic Shabbat "Plate" I made

I don't see the Jewish Laws of Shabbat, Sabbath as restrictive. For me it's a freedom, an escape from the chores and responsibilities and burdens of the everyday world. 

Basic 39 Categories of "work" forbidden on Shabbat:
They found 39 categories of forbidden acts, all of which are types of work that were needed to build the sanctuary:
  1. Sowing
  2. Plowing
  3. Reaping
  4. Binding sheaves
  5. Threshing
  6. Winnowing
  7. Selecting
  8. Grinding
  9. Sifting
  10. Kneading
  11. Baking
  12. Shearing wool
  13. Washing wool
  14. Beating wool
  15. Dyeing wool
  16. Spinning
  17. Weaving
  18. Making two loops
  19. Weaving two threads
  20. Separating two threads
  21. Tying
  22. Untying
  23. Sewing two stitches
  24. Tearing
  25. Trapping
  26. Slaughtering
  27. Flaying
  28. Salting meat
  29. Curing hide
  30. Scraping hide
  31. Cutting hide up
  32. Writing two letters
  33. Erasing two letters
  34. Building
  35. Tearing a building down
  36. Extinguishing a fire
  37. Kindling a fire
  38. Hitting with a hammer
  39. Taking an object from the private domain to the public, or transporting an object in the public domain.

(Mishnah Shabbat, 7:2)

These aren't the same as the secular concept of "work." We follow the traditional rabbinic interpretations of what these mean in today's world. It isn't a matter of "relaxation" in the physical sense.  So, it's not a matter of "driving or texting isn't hard, so why can't I do it?" Many/most modern conveniences are totally forbidden on Shabbat, because they utilize forbidden elements like fire/electricity or aspects of "creation" which are totally forbidden.

Consider that nowadays with the advent of internet, cellphones etc people rarely communicate face to face, in person, having twenty-five 25 hours every week when you must look someone in the eye, and not on a screen is of the utmost importance.

On Shabbat we're also rather tethered to our homes, since even if we're fit, we aren't to walk over a certain distance. We're also commanded to pray in a group, a minyan, so community is developed. And we have to live nearby, surrounding our synagogue.

Since it's forbidden to cook on Shabbat, we're freed of the burden of food preparation. It must be done beforehand and is rather easy, once you get the hang of it. All I do is to place the cooked food on the warmer and cut up some salad. There's also the community aspect of inviting and being invited to friends and neighbors.

We tune out from what's happening outside, which is so relaxing. Everyone needs a day to spiritually recharge.

Even though I wasn't raised in a Sabbath Observing home or community, I can't imagine living without Shabbat. That is especially when I hear how busy others who don't observe the Sabbath are over their weekends. I wonder how they survive without this rest I get every week.

Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach,
May You have a Peaceful and Blessed Sabbath

Mosaic Shabbat "Plate" I made

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Fast of the Tenth of Tevet

Today is a fast day on the Jewish Calendar, the 10th of Tevet. The eight day Chanukah holiday ended just a week ago. Chanukah celebrates the impossible sounding miracle of a small group of Jews fighting the mighty Greeks, a fight for the possession of our Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

We finish Chanukah with a fully lit Chanukiya burning brightly feeling rather invincible. I grew up in a rather non-observant Jewish home. Even in my Conservative Hebrew School, I don't remember hearing about a fast day after Chanukah.

If anything, the power felt from Chanukah took us all the way to Purim.

That's really a mistaken notion. I remember my shock the first time I read that the heroes of the Chanukah story, the Maccabees, the Hasmonean Dynasty ruled a very short time. Jewish History isn't a simplistic fairy tale. After the pure olive oil stayed lit for the full eight days, while more oil was readied, the Jewish People didn't live happily ever after...

Even in modern times, our great victories in 1948, 1967 and 1973 haven't guaranteed us lasting peace. We must keep our enemies far away from us. Our existence as an independent country and Jewish People is a constant battle.

The Fast of the Tenth of Tevet is unknown by many Jews but Chazal, our Sages don't consider the Tenth of Tevet to be minor, or unimportant:
The Tenth of Tevet marks the onset of the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylonia, and the beginning of the battle that ultimately destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple of Solomon, and sent the Jews into the 70-year Babylonian Exile. The date of the Tenth of Tevet is recorded for us by the prophet Yechezkel, who himself was already in Babylonia as part of the first group of Jews exiled there by Nebuchadnezzar, 11 years earlier than the actual destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem itself. aish.com
Judaism pays attention to the first stages of our tragedies, not just the dramatic endings. We must always be on the alert to stay safe and preserve our independence and freedom.  We don't want to be conquered and exiled yet again...