In a chaotic and confusing world, we make impose our own sense of order by naming things. By attempting to define them. To put them, things and people, into compartments as a way of making sense of that which often confuses us.
And, it seems, we attempt to understand our story in new and…ahem…interesting ways.
Which is how Batman ended up in the Chanukah story.
There has been much discussion, at least among my colleagues, whether to diminish, if not dismiss entirely, the oil miracle in lieu of the military victory miracle. I, for one, maintain that they can, and should, coexist. Side-by-side. Enhancing, rather than detracting from, the whole point of this commemoration. Just as I am sharing the mysterious, and rather awesome, account of a tiny jar of oil that managed to keep the lights on in the House, so too am I describing the fight for religious assertion and victory that could not have been ours without help from Above.
Peach, just four years old, loves this story. Both aspects. And, like many kids his age, understands the notion of good guys versus bad guys. He talks about “the mean Greeks who wouldn’t let us be Jewish” (yes, I know they were Syrian-Greeks, but he’s only four) and the brave Maccabees who made them go away. The story has captivated him and provided a new backdrop for his creative play.
And, after much thought, he has wisely determined that the Maccabees would have won a whole lot faster if Batman had been there.
He’s probably right.
and, because I didn’t get my act together yesterday,
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