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Remember The Maccabees!…by Robert M. Katzman 12/1/1996

Filed under: Children,Jewish Themes,Life & Death,Rage! — Bob at 10:42 am on Saturday, December 5, 2015

by Robert M. Katzman © December 1, 1996

 Eight tiny lights

 Burn into the night

 A captive People

Ready to fight


 A story is told

 To young faces hushed

 Of a spirit, a belief

 Too strong to be crushed


Hannukkah is more

Than dreidles, the Hora

Hannukkah is more

Than presents, a Menorah


A battle raged on

Two thousand years ago

A small band of Jews

A superior foe


Jews fighting like lions

Not dying like sheep

Legends were born

Our history to keep


A Temple was captured

A “miracle” occurred

Do we need a miracle

For their cries to be heard?


Five of them died

The Maccabee Brothers

Swords in their hands

One after the other


Hannukkah is more

Than candles in December

It’s a raging fire

To make us remember


They fought to be free

They stood man to man

That’s why we’re still here

In so many a land


So the children all listen

To storytellers wise

With proud memories shining

From their dark Jewish eyes


And the story is told

To young faces hushed

Of a spirit, a belief

Too strong to be crushed



Below, 12 chapters from my new book, “Promises Kept: Mission to Masada”

Bob in Israel: A Crusader Castle & The Tunisian Synagogue (part 2) https://www.differentslants.com/?p=3748

Joy’s Ashes in Israel: An Independent Woman (part 3) https://www.differentslants.com/?p=3761

Marsha Michael, Who Solved My Problems in Israel (part 4) https://www.differentslants.com/?p=3771

Tel Aviv, Israeli radio and Unexpected Art (part 5) https://www.differentslants.com/?p=3796

Vad Yashem: Killing Millions of Children (part 6) https://www.differentslants.com/?p=3811

Chicago man Watches Death of Samurais in Israel (part 7)//www.differentslants.com/?p=3846

Traveling Alone, Traveling Together (part 8) //www.differentslants.co/?p=3865

An American Jew’s Bold New Plan for a Sane, Peaceful and Prosperous State of Palestine (part 9) //www.differentslants.co/?p=3887

David’s Star in Israel (part 10) //www.differentslants.co/?p=3907

Sleeping With the Bedouins (part 11-a) https://www.differentslants.com/?p=3962

Pleading with Fate in Jerusalem (part 12) https://www.differentslants.com/?p=3980

Publishing News! 

Bob Katzman’s two new true Chicago books are now for sale, from him!
Vol. One: A Savage Heart and Vol. Two: Fighting Words

Gritty, violent, friendship, classic American entrepreneurship love, death, heartbreak and the real dirt about surviving in a completely corrupt major city under the Chicago Machine. More history and about one man’s life than a person may imagine.

Please visit my new website: https://www.dontgoquietlypress.com
If a person doesn’t want to use PayPaI, I also have a PO Box & I ship anywhere in America.

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I will get your books to you within ten days.
Here’s complete information on how to buy my books:

Vol 1: A Savage Heart and Vol. 2: Fighting Words
My books weigh almost 2 pounds each, with about 525 pages each and there are a total together of 79 stories and story/poems.

Robert M. Katzman
Don’t Go Quietly Press
PO Box 44287
Racine, Wis. 53404-9998 (262)752-3333, 8AM–7PM

Books cost $29.95 each, plus shipping

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I am also for hire if anyone wants me to read my work and answer questions in the Chicago/Milwaukee area. Schools should call me for quantity discounts for 30 or more books. Also: businesses, bookstores, private organizations or churches and so on.

My Fighting Words Publishing Co. four original books, published between 2004 and 2007 are now out-of-print. I still have some left and will periodically offer them for sale on my new website.


Comment by Don Larson

December 12, 2017 @ 1:13 pm

Hi Bob,

You write a fine poem. 🙂


Comment by Charlie Newman

December 12, 2017 @ 1:23 pm

as always, Biob…nicely done, Amigo.

Comment by Herb Berman

December 12, 2017 @ 3:48 pm

Great verse for children, Bob.

Comment by Brian

December 18, 2017 @ 8:18 pm

Not too shabby…

Comment by Donald Larson

December 2, 2018 @ 5:41 pm

Happy Hanukkah, Bob!

Thanks for mentioning this again.

Warmest regards,


p.s. I saw the picture of you that Run Buzil posted on Facebook a fe days ago. You’re looking good, my friend.

Comment by Jim Payne

December 2, 2018 @ 8:33 pm

I don’t know music, but those lines would be perfect in a song.

Comment by Brad Dechter

December 9, 2020 @ 9:01 am

One for each night to shed a sweet light and remind us of days long ago…..
Well said by you. Well done!
Happy Hannukah Bob!

Comment by bruce matteson

December 9, 2020 @ 11:57 pm


Comment by bernard white

December 10, 2023 @ 5:45 pm

oh how good to read this now. I am so grateful for you cousin Bob. your witness to the miraculous light and the fight!!!!!

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