[Avodah] chashmanim and chassidim (formerly esther and the king)

Eli Turkel eliturkel at gmail.com
Thu Feb 28 03:53:55 PST 2013

<<Interestingly, the Chassidim are described very differently in the
next verse:

    [42] Then they were joined by a group of Hasideans, mighty warriors
    of Israel, all of them devoted to the law.  >>

However, later on when the Syrian-Greek king offered to give the Jews
internal autonomy they withdrew from the fight stating that they were only
fighting for religious freedom and not polotical freedom. However, Jonathan
continued the fight realizing that this was all a ruse which in fact it was

Eli Turkel
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