On Hanukkah we wish one another, Hanukkah same'ah! 'Happy Hanukkah!' Because it's a celebration, a remembrance of something good, a time in our mythic past when our ancestors saw miracles . . . and needed them.
As loathsome and absurd as it may seem, Mel Gibson's plan to produce a movie about the Maccabees is not an existential threat to Jews, unless he decides to change the ending so that the Maccabees lose.