Hanukkah * The Festival of Lights Have a Joyous Hanukkah!
Yeshua - Jesus celebrated Hannukkah
Hanukkah is also called the Festival of Lights, the Feast of the Dedication, Feast of the Maccabees.
Yeshua Messiah, Jesus Christ attended this Feast of the Dedication celebration in the 10th chapter of John.
This year 2010 Hanukkah is celebrated Kislev 24th until Tevet 2nd.
It begins the night of December 1st in 2010.
You will not find the Feast of Dedication or Hanukkah in Leviticus 23 with the seven Feasts of the Lord.
But we find it in John 10:22 and other places as well. I think it may be necessary to do a little history here before going on; this will not be a history lesson, just a little background.
The time was around 167 BC or, if you’re Jewish--BCE. Prior to this date a young ruler named Alexander the Great, ruled the entire ancient world.
This period of time is referred to as “the Hellenistic period” (Greeks). His untimely death caused a power struggle and four of his generals split up the kingdom.
The one that ended up with Israel was Antiochus IV. This new Ruler of Israel commanded everyone to convert to Hellenism (Greek Metrology) and the Greek values that he held.
Many did, even many of the Jews of the land because they found it to be a very civilized way of life.
But, there were those Jews who held close to the Torah and God’s way of worship and refused to embrace Hellenism. In fact, Antiochus gave the Jews an ultimatum, to either give up their distinctive customs,
such as worshipping on the Sabbath (Saturday), Circumcision, and Kosher Laws, or die.
One of the first things Antiochus did was to desecrate the Holy Temple. He ordered the utensils, such as the Menorah, Altar, and Table to be defiled and torn down.
Then to be certain that he had accomplished his job, he ordered a pig to be sacrificed on the holy altar. After doing all of that, he order that a Greek god Zeus be worshiped in the Temple.
When Antiochus heard that the people were murmuring and talking about revolt against him, he marched his troops to a town in the foothills called Modi’in.
His plan was to erect a false god in the city and force the people to worship it. Modi’in was the home of a priest named Mattathias who had five sons.
He and his sons revolted and killed the soldiers and began the revolt against this evil ruler.
One of Mattathias’s sons was Judah, and he became the new leader and was quickly nicknamed “Maccabee” (the Hammer in Hebrew).
To bring this piece of history to a close we will just report that Maccabee and his men defeated the Greek armies and got rid of Antiochus.
The Maccabees now faced the task of restoring the Temple for Jewish worship to their Holy God.
They cleansed the Temple and restored the furnishings. There was special attention given to the Menorah, for it symbolized the Light of God.
They restored it and when they went to light it, they found there was a problem. This Menorah could only be used with special oil, and it took eight days to prepare such oil.
They found enough of this special oil to burn only one day.
To celebrate the victory of the battle fought for their religious liberty, they decided to light the Menorah anyway and allow the light of God to shine forth with its glory, even if but for a day.
But God gave them a miracle, and the oil lasted eight days, until the new oil was made ready.
So today we have the eight days of the Feast of Dedication “Hanukkah.” It is also why you will see a nine branch Menorah instead of seven in most Jewish homes.
It represents the miracle of the eight days the oil burned; the ninth branch (in the center) is the Shamash (Servant Lamp), which represents the Messiah.
There are many customs and traditions that brings one closer to God and understanding of His greatness associated with this holiday, but I want to keep this as short as possible.
Each night for eight nights a candle is lighted. The Shamash (the center) is always lit first, for it is from the Messiah that all light flows.
It is then used to light each candle for the eight nights. Blessing is said and songs about Hanukkah sung.
Gifts are given to the children each of the eight nights.
During the lighting of the Shamash and the other candles are lit with the Shamash, the following blessings are said. I will try to write the Hebrew in English letters for you, I hope I do it correctly.
A little advice in lighting the candles, you place them in the Menorah from right to left, but you light them with the Shamash from left to right.
BARUKH ATAH ADONAI ELOHENU MELEKH HA-OLAM, ASHER KIDSHANU B’MITZVOHTAV L’HADLEEK NER, SHEL HANUKKAH.
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has set us apart by your commandments and commanded us to kindle the light of Hanukkah.
So after lighting the candles and singing the Hanukkah songs, you set down for a festive meal, each night for 8 nights.
Shalom, and Hag Same’ach, (Happy Holiday) Jerry Golden
Photo taken on Christmas over Jerusalem Israel
RABBI JUDAH BEN SAMUEL, Hanukkah, the 9th of Av and Prophecy
In June of 2009 an e-mail was sent to subscribers concerning a little known Rabbinic prophesy according to Israel Today.
According to this article, Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel was a top Talmudic scholar in Germany.
Just before he died in the year 1217 he prophesied that the Ottoman Turks would rule over the holy city of Jerusalem for eight jubilees.
That is 400 years (8 x 50).
The Ottoman Turks did take control of Jerusalem 300 years after the Rabbi’s death in 1517 and as according to the prophecy, the Ottoman Turks then lost Jerusalem 400 years later in 1917.
It was during WWI that British General Edmund Allenby walked into Jerusalem on Hanukkah without firing a shot in 1917.
The timing of this with the holiday and the ease at which it occurred indeed make this moment of history extremely significant.
They key was Allenby’s entrance into Jerusalem during Hanukkah.
With the first world war underway with nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom there was added importance.
In 1917 all nations that were involved in the war had become involved.
But the kickoff day for WWI was the 9th of Av 1914, when Russia and Germany entered the war establishing the plurality of nations involved in the war.
In doing a study on the day counts found in Daniel, these two days came up on the radar screen at the same spacing and these days were the second day of Hanukkah (Kislev 26) and the 9th of Av.
With these days occurring in 1914 and 1917, it was found that 100 years later that the same day counts of Daniel occur.
This with 100 years being the limit of a generation found in the Bible (as defined by Abraham’s 4 generations of a total of 400 years-–is it a coincidence that the Rabbi’s prophesy of 400 years also ends in 1917?).
The Rabbi then went on to say that after the eight jubilees, the ninth jubilee would have Jerusalem being a no-man’s-land, which it was from 1917 to 1967 until the Six-Day-War.
The Rabbi’s prophecy then stated that in the tenth Jubilee that Jerusalem would be controlled by Israel and then the Messianic end times would begin.
That would then bring the time to 2017. Do a search on him very interesting.
Israel Today March 2008 published a very interesting article on him and his prophecies.
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As this year of 2010 grows closer to the end many people are preparing for celebration.
Some for Christmas and others for Chanukah. Here in Israel the bakeries are selling sofgoniot (a jelly donut fried in oil and filled with jam).
Starting at sundown Wednesday December 1st Israel and Jews around the world will begin to celebrate Chanukah by lighting candles and singing songs.
With a focus towards the Lord's miracle that took place almost two thousand years ago.
The primary mention of this holiday in scripture is in John 10:22. Yeshua who is the light of the world went up to the Temple during this celebration.
This is a holiday which celebrates the supply of oil from the Lord.
The oil is a picture of the anointing of the Holy Spirit, I pray for each and everyone one of you reading this little article that there would be a miraculous supply of the Lord's Oil in your life for the coming season of time.
Many around the world today are keenly aware of the great crisis which stands at our doorstep.
With economic wows and threats and rumours of war on every newspaper front page. We have a hope that surpasses all of these eminent threats.
That hope is a person, He was the Light of the world when He went to the temple in 165 BC and His light burns bright as ever today.
I pray His light eliminates your path today and every day for the rest of your life here on earth.
That His oil would empower you to no longer trust in the things of this world, such as material possessions, or positions of influence or of recognition.
But that you would put your trust in Him our great reward, our Yeshua (Salvation).
Marty Goetz wrote a beautiful song on his way to Toronto for Chanukah many years ago.
He sings about our Chanukah (dedication) to Him our Saviour and Lord. Yes it is nice to celebrate Chanukah with goodies but let us now look to our true treasure and light Yeshua.
In Him is a celebration that overshadows everything else and takes us higher about the temporal things of this world and leads us to our true home that is found only in Him.
As He has made His abode in us (Temple) let us also make our abode in Him (eternal life) and fix our eyes on Him.
He will be our refuge and strong tower. He is our Rock and our sure foundation in the storms that lie ahead.
This Chanukah let each one of us find that special meeting place with Him and rededicate ourselves to Him and His glory.
He is worthy. May the Lord receive great glory from your life of surrender and dedication to His plan and will for your life.
Shalom and may the goodness of God pursue you and overtake you in this Chanukah season. Take a minute and listen to this Chanukah song, shalom...
click here for song
some history of Chanukah
Jesus celebrated Hanukkah, the festival of lights
And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.
Did you know Jesus, or Yeshua as He was known throughout His life, celebrated Hanukkah?
During His earthly ministry, Hanukkah was known as the feast of dedication. In fact, it is still known as the feast of dedication today.
Yet, most followers of Jesus today think of Hanukkah as only a Jewish holiday – not something they necessarily should mark.
I have even heard Christians say Hanukkah is an extra-biblical festival – and not mentioned in the Bible. Next time you hear that, just point to John 10:22-23.
I say, if it was worth Yeshua's attention, it is worth mine.
Surprise! Jesus Christ was not a blond-haired, blue-eyed Gentile. Yeshua of Nazareth was raised in an observant Jewish family in a culture where the Torah was the National Constitution.
So what is Hanukkah all about?
About 175 years before the birth of Jesus, the Syrian empire ruled over the land of Israel.
The Syrian ruler, Antiochus IV, was a tyrant – a madman, a Hitler archetype. He sought to suppress all the Jewish laws. Thousands of Jews were killed.
All Jewish worship was forbidden. The scrolls were confiscated and burned. Honoring the Sabbath, circumcision and the dietary laws were prohibited under penalty of death.
Antiochus conspired to depose and later assassinate the righteous high priest, Yochanan. Antiochus' henchmen ordered 90-year-old rabbi Eliezer to eat pork as an example to his followers.
He refused and was put to death.
In a plot to undermine the strength of the Jewish family and morality, Antiochus decreed that any Jewish maiden who was to be married had to first spend the night with the local governor or commander.
The Syrians, under the command of Holofernes, laid siege to the town of Bethulia. While the town elders discussed a plan to surrender when their food supply ran out, a young and beautiful widow, Yehudit, the daughter of Yochanan the high priest, told the people to maintain faith in their God. She told them she had a plan they would have to accept on faith.
Yehudit took a large basket of cheese, bread and wine to Holofernes. She told the commander that, in exchange for mercy on her people, she would tell him how to capture the town. She explained that her people's faith in God remained strong, making the fight against them that much more difficult. However, she said, soon the supply of kosher food would be gone. When that occurred, the people would begin to eat the flesh of unclean animals thus provoking God's anger and causing the town to fall.
She agreed to stay with Holofernes, returning to Bethulia each day to find out how food supplies were holding out. She gained the trust of the commander who was eager to spend time with the beautiful widow as well as to win the siege.
After a few days, Yehudit told Holofernes that Bethulia was now out of food. He had only to wait a few more days for the Jews to begin eating the non-kosher animals. Holofernes invited her to come alone to his tent that night to celebrate. She agreed, inviting him to eat her salty goat-cheese. As he ate, he grew thirsty and Yehudit gave him the wine she had brought with her. While Yehudit pretended to eat and drink, Holofernes became drunk. Soon, he was in a deep sleep. Yehudit took Holofernes' sword and cut off his head. She and her maidservant put his head in a cloth and returned to Bethulia.
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December 9, 2011 Barak Obama celebrates Hanukkah in the White House. He is not capable of doing anything right.
This Jewish holy day is not until December 20th in 2011.
The first candle lighting is Wednesday evening December 20th.
Another candle is lit each evening for 8 days, until December 28th.
The last full day of Chanukah this year is Thursday, December 29th .
Obama celebrates Hanukkah at White House - 2 weeks early
Lights ALL the candles at once. What a disrespectful fool.
Dont Need an Excuse For a Good Party
Hannukkah FIRES in ISRAEL Dec 2-5, 2010
The Hanukkah and Sukkah of Yeshuahttp://www.mayimhayim.org/For%20Unto%20Us%20Haggai%20Part%201.htm
A Short Introduction
The debate over the timing of Yeshua’s birth rages within scholarly circles. The fact that December 25th is linked to pagan ritualistic celebrations incorporated into the church, has been well documented. However, little information is circulated concerning the Haggai 2:18-19 celebration of the 24th of ninth month, or 24th of Kislev. In some years, the 24th Kislev is equal to our Gregorian calendar December 24th/25th. It is the purpose of this article to shed light upon the probable gestation of Yeshua, starting with the conception at 24th Kislev. Then 271 days later in a perfect Solar/Lunar year, Yeshua was born in 3 BC - the 1st of Tishri, which occurred on September 11, of 3 BC that year. That date was Rosh Hashanah (Yom Teruah), and Rosh Khodesh.
Yeshua used Hanukkah, the winter Feast of Dedication of the Holy Temple (see John 10:22-36), as an occasion to explain how He was sanctified and sent into the world.
“22 And it was at Jerusalem at (Hanukkah) the Feast of the Dedication, 23 and it was winter. And Yeshua walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. 24 Then the Jews came round about him, and said to him, ‘How long will you make us to doubt? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly . . . 36 do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God '?” – John 10:22-24.
O wonderful! Thank you!
That is what I was looking for!
Hanukkah is also called the Feast of the Dedication, Feast of the Machabees as well as the festival of lights.
And Jesus did attend this celebration in the 10th chapter of John.
Seriously, Xmas is the most stressful time of the year with people running around their metroplexes buying gifts, wrapping then, throwing parties, the whole enchalata.
Didn't Jesus Christ say that his yoke his light and we should learn of him and enter into his REST? Didn't Paul in Hebrews say if we believe, we should enter into Christ's REST?
Pt being that what's going on with Xmas is NOT our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. And shame on all these churches that use it as "Jesus's birth celebration". Didn't Jesus Christ say we celebrate is RESURRECTION? If you believe in Jesus's birth, does that get you saved? NO! It's your belief in his finished work on the cross AND his resurrection!
And even worse, party after party with junk food after junk food is thrown, which only deteriorates one's physical AND mental health. No wonder why the "flu season" comes around the following winter months.
BA you kill your valid point using xmas - which leaves CHRIST out of CHRISTmas!
No one should buy gifts because they 'have to.'
Its too commercial - but only if we let it be in our own life.
Hannukkah 2012 celebrated from December 9 to 16
Hanukkah, Jerry Golden
Hannukkah is celebrated from November 28 to December 5, 2013
Hanukkah report by Jerry Golden, Jerusalem Israel
Jesus said, I AM the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12
Hanukkah - spelled 101 ways - is the story of a miracle.
Hanukkah 2014 is December 16. It is celebrated for 8 days.
The Hanukkah menorah is called a Hanukia and has 9 candles, not 7.
The center (servant) candle is ALWAYS used to light the others because these candles are holy.
Even non-religious Jews will celebrate Hanukkah.
Yeshua (Jesus the Christ) celebrated Hanukkah, also called feast (festival) of light, dedication. John 10:22
At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem;it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon. The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. “But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.
Around 167 BC Antiochus desecrate the Holy Temple. He ordered the utensils, such as the Menorah, Altar, and Table to be defiled and torn down.
Mattathias son Judah became leader of a rebel group of devout Jews called Maccabees (the Hammer in Hebrew) and they defeated the Greek armies and got rid of Antiochus.
The Maccabees now faced the task of restoring the Temple for Jewish worship to their Holy God. They cleansed the Temple and restored the furnishings. There was special attention given to the Menorah, for it symbolized the Light of God. They restored it and when they went to light it, they found there was a problem. This Menorah could only be used with special oil, and it took eight days to prepare such oil. They found enough of this special oil to burn only one day. To celebrate the victory of the battle fought for their religious liberty, they decided to light the Menorah anyway and allow the light of God to shine forth with its glory, even if but for a day. But God gave them a miracle, and the oil lasted 8 days, until the new oil was made ready. So today we have the eight days of the Feast of Dedication “Hanukkah.” It is also why you will see a nine branch Menorah instead of seven in most Jewish homes. It represents the miracle of the eight days the oil burned; the ninth branch (in the center) is the Shamash (Servant Lamp), which represents the Messiah.
Hanukkah report by Jerry Golden, Jerusalem Israel
New Light for Hanukkah
Mati Shriki pays an acoustic tribute to the festival of light.
Hanukkah is within a month of Christmas.
Everytime I watch this video I laugh - and get tears in my eyes!
Festival of LightsHi, Just got here and I become curious about the Festival of Lights. I rarely witness this type of event. Am I correct, that it is celebrated in October? I think it is exciting to witness this Hindu festival. I just hope , I could just get a chance to see how it is being celebrated.
Dec 5, 2015 - Hanukkah message to be light among nations.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin sent a Hanukkah greeting to all the Jews of the world.
We celebrate the survival of our people and our faith against all the odds. We celebrate (Israel), the national home of the Jewish people.
I would add that Christians are to bring YESHUA, Jesus Christ the Light where there is darkness.
Today, hatred, incitement, and terrorism threaten the whole world. In the face of these threats we need to be firm and strong like a Rock (the Rock is Christ) in our beliefs in freedom, justice, in the values of our Faith.
May we all be a light to the nations.
SONG FOR THE NATIONS
Hannukkah is celebrated
December 6 - 14, 2015
Where Hanukkah began
Dec 7, 2015 INN Arutz - The ancient synagogue where the Hanukkah story began.
In The Footsteps of The Maccabees takes you to Modiin, where it all started.
8 part Hanukkah special - In The Footsteps of The Maccabees - Israeli historian Dr. Hagai Ben-Artzi brings you to the ancient synagogue in Modiin, where the rebellion against the Syrian-Greek Empire first began.
From these hills the call of Matityahu the Kohen, leader of the Hasmoneans and initiator of the Jewish Revolt, first rang out: Whoever is zealous for the Lord, follow me! And from the nearby caves the small band of rebels launched a full-scale uprising against the occupiers of Jerusalem.
Maccabee - the hammer.
In the Footsteps of the Maccabees