We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Interesting that the Maccabees are included in the Catholic Bible but not the Jewish. (Not that we Catholics read the Bible, that's why we hire priests to read it for us and just give us the gist of it.) Interesting too is the theory that they weren't included when the holy books were re-assembled after the Roman conquest, it was thought wise to sort of play down the part of the story where the Jews successfully revolted against the Greeks lest it offend the Romans.
Here's the traditional Jewish view:
The canonical Jewish Bible closes with Cyrus telling the Jews of Babylonia that they can return. Chronologically, the last books are Ezra and Nehemia - documenting the return from Babylon. Judaism does not consider any later books to be divinely inspired.
Ezra and Nehemia led the return - but the majority of world Jewry remained in Babylon and other exiles, and the 2nd Temple had lavish architectural splendor, but lacked the spiritual power of the first Temple. The Ark of the Covenant had disappeared, the priesthood and monarchy were corrupted by Greek and Roman influence-peddling, and prophecy petered out. That left the sages of the Sandhedrin: the prophetic canon was closed, the Temple service de-emphasized, and Judaism developed along Rabbinical-legal lines from then on.
 Eleazar also, surnamed Savaran, perceiving that one of the beasts, armed with royal harness, was higher than all the rest, and supposing that the king was upon him,
 Put himself in jeopardy, to the end he might deliver his people, and get him a perpetual name:
 Wherefore he ran upon him courageously through the midst of the battle, slaying on the right hand and on the left, so that they were divided from him on both sides.
 Which done, he crept under the elephant, and thrust him under, and slew him: whereupon the elephant fell down upon him, and there he died.