It sounds very much like what is going on today when ultra-Orthodox try to impose their ways on secular, Reform, conservative and HUmanistic Jews. They shove women to the back of the bus, refuse to allow non-Orthodox streams of Judaism to operate with government support, attack women who want to pray as is their custom at the Kotel. They are certainly not people I want to celebrate and they are not working for religious freedom, any more than the Maccabees were.
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from the article: The astonishing real story of Hanukkah