Israeli town turns Palestinian Qassam rockets into menorah

Ahh, that Jewish sense of humor! Defiant Israeli residents of a rocket-battered city outside the Gaza Strip created a Hanukkah menorah fashioned out of hollowed Palestinian Qassam rockets that had been shot at their town.

“This is a symbol to our enemies that despite thousands of rockets fired at Sderot, our spirit has not broken. We are here to stay,” said Josh Hasten, spokesman for Yeshiva Hesder Sderot, a Jewish school that combines Torah study with army service.

Sderot, a city of almost 20,000 residents, is less then a mile from the Gaza Strip. More than 10,000 rockets have been fired at Jewish population centers there during the last eight years. The rocketing increased exponentially after Hamas seized control of Gaza following Israel’s retreat from the territory in 2005.

Since the start of Hanukkah last Friday, the Yeshiva has been lighting a menorah on the roof of its building made of Qassam rockets obtained from a local police station that had collected the fallen projectiles. The menorah is visible from most of Sderot.

Hanukkah is an eight-day holiday commemorating the rededication of the Jewish Temple at the time of the Maccabean Revolt.

During the rededication, Jerusalem was under siege, and there was very little oil left that had not been defiled by the Greeks. Oil was needed to fuel the Temple’s Temple, which was supposed to burn throughout the night every night.

There was only enough oil to burn for one day. However, according to tradition, the Temple’s menorah burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of fuel. WND

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