Re: Maccabees

Altman, Ben (
Tue, 08 Apr 1997 10:09:16 -0400

Mark Duman <> asked:
>A strange request this one ! Have any of your Torah Forum members
>heard the "story" that the Macabees were required to cut off their little
>finger to show membership/ allegiance to the group ?

I think I once heard on a R' Wein history tape that Bar Kochba (who led the
revolt against Romans around 130CE) required that those who would join him
cut off their little finger, but when the Rebbaim(Rabbis) protested he
changed it to having to uproot a tree with only bare hande

Binyomin Altman