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Chanah and Her Seven Sons

One of the great heroines of the Chanukah story (in 151 BCE), Chanah inculcated her children with such a love of G-d that they were willing to die at the hands of the Syrian emperor Antiochus rather than bow down in service of his idols. Antiochus tried to fool the youngest and last surviving son by throwing his ring in front of the idol and asking the child to retrieve it. The child, too, steadfastly refused and was killed in front of his mother’s eyes; she then jumped to her death from the rooftop.