(HorizonPost.com) – Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff was forced to delete a Hanukkah post on X Monday evening after users mocked him for knowing nothing about the history behind the Jewish holiday, the New York Post reported.
In the now-deleted post which featured a posed photo of Emhoff and his wife Vice President Kamala Harris lighting a candle on a menorah, Emhoff offered a lengthy description of the origin of the Jewish holiday that bore no resemblance to historical fact.
The Second Gentleman, who is Jewish, claimed that Hanukkah commemorated when Jews “were forced into hiding,” not knowing if “they would survive” or if the “few drops of oil they had would last.” Emhoff falsely claimed that all the Jews did for eight days was hide and pray while hoping that the oil would keep burning.
He explained that this is why Hanukkah “means dedication” because while the Maccabees hid “during those dark nights,” they “dedicated themselves to maintaining hope and faith.”
Emhoff closed by saying that during dark times, he thinks of the story of Hanukkah.
Unfortunately, none of what Emhoff claimed about the history of the Maccabees or Hanukkah was remotely true.
Hanukkah doesn’t celebrate Jews hiding for eight days. Instead, it is a celebration of the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after the victory of the Maccabees over the Greeks who invaded the city.
With the victory complete, the Jews sought to rededicate the temple but only had a one-day supply of sacred oil. Despite the limited supply, the oil miraculously lasted for the full eight days.
Unsurprisingly, the Jewish Emhoff’s complete ignorance of the meaning of Hanukkah was blasted on X. Some users carefully explained the history behind the holiday while others mocked the Second Gentleman for his ignorance. One user joked that Emhoff’s post read like a book report on a book Emhoff didn’t bother to read. Another suggested that Emhoff is a Jew who knows nothing about Judaism.
After a barrage of jokes and mockery, the post was quietly deleted.
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