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."
"Seek for the merit in others, even the tiniest shred. Then do the same in yourself"
-Reb Nachman