Zelensky is a 'modern Maccabee'
March 4, 2022
(JTA) — One week ago, Jews outside of Ukraine knew Volodymyr Zelensky as the world leader on the other end of the “perfect phone call” that resulted in the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
But now, after days of watching Zelensky balance humor and gravitas while rallying his fellow Ukrainians to rebuff the Russian army invasion, they know him as a contemporary Jewish hero.
“Zelensky gives modern Maccabee energy,” Peter Fox, a writer, wrote on Twitter.
Fox was referring to the ancient Jews who, though outflanked in every way, fended off the efforts of foreign fighters, direc...