Adam Milstein is a Southern Californian businessman who writes for The Times Of Israel. His latest article was about the Maccabees. This was a Jewish rebel group that existed in the 2nd century. The members of this group lived in what is now present-day Israel. He uses them as an example of what it is like to be passionate about your people and how to fight for freedom and the very survival of them.
As Adam Milstein relates the story, when the Maccabees were active the Land of Israel was under the domination of Greek army soldiers. A large number of Jewish people tried to become a part of Greek culture but the Maccabees wanted nothing to do with that. They fought against the Greek armies and eventually defeated them. The Greeks were pushed out of Israel and the Maccabees created a Jewish nation where they were free to rule themselves.
Adam Milstein says that Jewish people today are pressed on many fronts. He thinks they should look towards the Maccabees for inspiration. He wants the State of Israel and Jewish people around the world to be strengthened so that their future is more secure. He says that Jewish people should pass on eight traits to the next generation.
Pride is the first trait he wants to be passed on. Adam Milstein says that Jewish people should be proud of what they have accomplished. He says he for one feels like he can be very proud to be Jewish. The next trait is having the courage to stand up for what you believe in.
Persistence is the third trait he believes Jewish people should have, and knowledge is the fourth. He says knowledge through education is one of the highest priorities to have. Fifth, Jewish people need to stay innovative because if you fall behind it can be incredibly hard to catch back up. Adam Milstein also says Jewish people should believe in the impossible and make it happen. Forming a brotherhood with other Jewish people is the seventh trait he wants to be passed on and the final one is being passionate about being Jewish.