Emulating the Hasmoneans

An excerpt from here:

In Rabbi Moses M. Yoshor’s biography of the Chafetz Chaim as translated into English by Artscroll Publications, Volume 2 chapter 67, page 679 we learn the following:

”According to Rav Elchanan Wasserman, the Chafetz Chaim used to say further, ”Jews [in the Soviet Union] made a mistake when the edicts of the yevsektsia began. They should have gone right then in battle against them, with dedication and self-sacrifice, ready to give their lives. Many would indeed have been killed, but Satan’s power would have been weakened. No one could be found, however, ready to sacrifice himself in battle; and so the yevsektsia grew stronger.”

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