On December 7, the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote a story on how Cincinnati rabbis have influenced the popularity of Hanukkah in America. One important reference in the article: a nod to Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, who wrote “The First of the Maccabees,” a romanticized historical novel based on the story of the Maccabean revolt. The story was written to appeal to average American Jews. The novel was serialized in The Israelite.
Check out the full story here: