I particularly enjoyed the post on the Maccabees several clicks away.

The rise of the Maccabees against the Seleucids has been a heartening story to me for decades.

Handel's "See, the Conquering Hero Comes" is one of my favorite songs, from "Judas Maccabeus."
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Stumpy
"Seek for the merit in others, even the tiniest shred. Then do the same in yourself"
-Reb Nachman