Part of a five-video series filmed in the Holy Land, this program portrays the Biblical figure Matityahu, patriarch of the Maccabees, a family of Hasmonian priests who revolted against the Syrians when soldiers attempted to force pagan rituals upon Judaea. Matityahu died after three years of rebellion, but named his third son, Judah, to replace him as military leader, a choice that resulted in victory. The video features docudrama-style re-creations of crucial events in the life of Matityahu, and utilizes ancient texts and artifacts to supplement this examination of the stalwart leader whose bold fight for religious freedom still inspires millions of people in modern times. Distributed by SISU Home Entertainment, the foremost source of Israeli and Jewish media products.
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