Jesus preached three sermons in which he declared Himself the “light of the world,” and all three could have been during Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights.
Eight Devotions on Light–one to read for each night of Hanukkah: 1. The Lord is Our Light 2. The Word is Our Light 3. We Should Be a Light to Others 4. The Light of the Body is the Eye 5. Messiah is the Light of the World 6. Paul Saw the Light &. No Longer in the Darkness 8. We Need to Let Our Light Shine
Nearly twenty-two centuries ago, during the time of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, the events took place that the Jews memorialize each year at Hanukah time. The Jewish people had returned to the Land of Israel from the Babylonian Exile, and had rebuilt the Holy Temple, but they remained subject to the reigning powers: first, [...]
If you decide to celebrate Hanukkah in your home you’ll need a menorah. Beautiful multi-colored Israeli-made candles are available for those who light menorahs. Any library or bookstore should have a good selection of illustrated books telling the story of Hanukkah for children. Have festive meals for the eight days, say silent prayer three times [...]
Shredded potatoes, grated onions bound with flour, salt and eggs, then fried in oil. Hey, that sounds like a potato pancake! Well, it is, however, there is a difference between a Hanukkah latke and a plain old everyday potato pancake.
Jewish tradition sought to embellish these days of celebration. It is the practice to have festive meals for the eight days, and in addition to Latkes, jelly doughnuts fried in oil became popular. (Both symbolize the miracle of the oil.) Other popular sources of joy are the Hanukkah gifts and Hanukkah gelt (money.) The major [...]
The Traditional Way to Light the Menorah The first blessing thanks God for the commandment to “kindle the Hanukkah lights.” We therefore recite the blessing before lighting the candles, and then proceed to carry out the commandment. The second blessing praises God for the miracle the candles publicize, and is therefore said as the candles [...]
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An excerpt from God’s Lamp, Man’s Light: Mysteries of the Menorah by Dr. John Garr When the Maccabean Jews rededicated the Temple and themselves unto God, the result was a miraculous manifestation of light. Oil that naturally would have burned for only one day supernaturally burned for eight days, signifying God’s approval upon the efforts [...]