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Judah Maccabee (formally Judas Maccabeus) is a prominent figure in the Old Testament, and has been referenced or appeared in a variety of different Sesame Street related productions. Maccabee led the a eponymous revolt against the Seleucid Empire, and Hanukkah honors his removal of a pagan statuary from a temple in Jerusalem, in 165 BCE.
- Shalom Sesame "Show 6: Chanukah" (1990): David Brenner inspires his softball team to be heroes like Judah Maccabee; to fight to win the game the way he fought for freedom. Later, Yoav and Jeremy Miller visit the city of Modi'in where Judah Maccabee was born.