Hanukkah – Chanukah or Chanukkah Festival of Lights or Feast of Dedication
by Gabe Pacheco
Many people will be celebrating Hanukkah this year with friends and family surrounding and lighting a delightfully beautiful Hanukkiya or Hanukkah Menorah. Hanukkah is an ancient tradition of commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem. This year is unique, because the first “day” of Hanukkah falls on the same day as America is celebrating Thanksgiving. Some are calling it, “Thanks-giv-akkah.” There are even some who are selling buttons and t-shirts marking how special it is that these two holidays meet. Whatever the case might be, there are gifts and friends and family who share the light and joy of this Jewish holiday.
In the Good News of Yohanan, Complete Jewish Bible (CJB), chapter 10:22, “Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim. It was winter, 23 and Yeshua was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo’s Colonnade.”
Blessings to you and your families as we celebrate these 8 days!