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Postby Eallard » Thu Nov 24, 2016 12:09 am

Dear Ovadiah,

I'm an ultra-orthodox mom. My daughter just came home from school with a very odd detail. Her teacher told her that Elazer ben Matisyahu died by drowning in the excrement of one of the elephants in the battle. Is there any source for that? I've been learning/studying the story of Chanuka for a LOT of years and have never heard anything like that. Can you possibly shed any light on this for me?

Thank you for your time.

A lichtegen Chanuka,

Sheva
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Postby edin » Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:31 am

Dear Ovadiah,

I'm an ultra-orthodox mom. My daughter just came home from school with a very odd detail. Her teacher told her that Elazer ben Matisyahu died by drowning in the excrement of one of the elephants in the battle. Is there any source for that? I've been learning/studying the story of Chanuka for a LOT of years and have never heard anything like that. Can you possibly shed any light on this for me?

Thank you for your time.

A lichtegen Chanuka,

Sheva
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Postby avitul » Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:24 am

Sheva:

This sounded like antisemetic propaganda at first blush. I did not know how he died before I researched it, but I did know he died early in the uprising based upon the Maccabee story in the Apocraphal writings. The first link confirms this. I don't know that he fought in any or many battles before he died of natural causes(link 2). So no, there is no truth to the teacher's version of the story. Wishing you and yours a very happy and meaningful Thanksgiving and Hanukkah !http://www.geni.com/people/Mattathias-ben-Yochanan-HaCohen/6000000002187597738http://www.jewishhistory.org/review-of-the-hasmonean-era/  
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