From Pillar of Defense to Hanukkah: Why Jews Mustn’t Glorify Military Might

Why isn’t Hanukkah in the Torah? Perhaps because the sages did not condone military prowess divorced from God’s presence.

We’ve spent the last eight days singing Hanukkah songs and celebrating this Festival of Light, but amid all this enjoyment, we may have forgotten the darker reasons for why the story of Hanukkah was left out of the Torah.