Shir Ha-Ma'alot #8

In the days of Mattityahu - addition for Chanukah
It is lucky that the Hasmoneans did not ask politicians, because if they had they would have told them that one must consider the possible international pressure in the overall plan, and they would have sat and deliberated and deliberated.
It is lucky that they did not ask too many military strategists and experts, because they would have told them that there is no chance of delivering "the strong into the hands of the weak," and they would have broken their spirit.
It is lucky that they did not ask statisticians, because they would have revealed to them the secret that we are "the few against the many," and they would have been afraid of the demographic demon.
They also did not ask too many heads of Yeshivot, because if they had, they would have ruled that it is forbidden to cause nullification of Torah learning by yeshiva students who engage in Torah study, and then there would have not be a delivering of "the heretics into the hands of those involved in Your Torah."
They also did not ask too many Rabbis, because if they had they would have told them, it is forbidden to challenge the nations of the world, and that we do not rely on a miracle, especially where there is a real potential for danger, etc..., etc...
They also did not ask the humanists, because they would have revealed to them the secret that one soul of Israel is worth more than a few kilometers of land and is more costly for the Nation.
They certainly did not ask those who are pure-of-heart, because they would have depressed their spirit, and preached to them that it is not proper to kill or to be killed.
They did not ask deep thinkers, because – within the midst of great depth - they would have confused them and stopped them with discussions of the order of priorities: Perhaps the Nation takes precedence, etc..., etc...
They did not ask the pacifists, because they would have opened their eyes to the greatness of peace, and that one should never use violence, and that goodwill will resolve everything.
They did not ask too many questions, but they fulfilled their national and spiritual obligation and jumped into the lion’s den, with amazing self-sacrifice into the great battle which saved Israel. And then all of the politicians, all of the strategists, all of the statisticians, all of the heads of Yeshivot, all of the Rabbis, all of the humanists, all of the pure-of-heart, all of the thinkers and all of the pacifists became sages after the fact, and they lit Chanukah lights as a remembrance of the victory, and these lights illuminate our lives from those days until this time.