Close to a thousand former residents and Land of Israel activists succeeded in reaching the
destroyed community of Homesh Monday, where they lit Chanukah menorahs and vowed
to rebuild their homes.
They were forced to hike ancient trails and battle the Israeli riot police, but like the Maccabees, they prevailed!
"...You gave the mighty (Syrian-Greeks) into the hands of the weak (Jews), and the many into the hands of the few, and the defiled into the hands of the pure, and the wicked into the hands of the righteous, and the malicious into the hands of those who engage in Your Torah. And You made a great and holy name for Yourself in Your universe; and to Your nation, Israel, did You grant a great salvation and liberation, as on this day. And subsequently Your children came to Your holy abode, and they cleared out Your Palace, and they purified Your Temple, and they kindled lights in the courtyards of Your holy place. And they established these eight days of Chanukah in order to give thanks and praise to Your great name."
photos from A7