This year, Hanukkah begins sundown Sunday, December 6th and ends sundown, Monday, December 14th.
Hanukkah is frequently referred to as the “Jewish Christmas,” however, that is quite far from the truth.
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Hanukkah is actually the Feast of Dedication and is based on the miracles that God did for the Maccabees during the time of occupation of Jerusalem after the expansion of Alexander.
Basically, the Jews stated that they would not be Paganized or Hellenized, and continued to be faithful to Yawh even in the face of death. The Maccabees fought to take back the Jewish Temple, which had been desecrated. When they took back the temple, part of the ritual to re-dedicate the temple to God was to burn oil in the menorah for 8 days. However, there was not enough oil and it would take a week to prepare more.
Since our God is a God of miracles and loves showing His faithfulness to His people, He kept the menorah lamps burning for the 8 days with only the one day of oil.
We now celebrate this week every year and it is a time to re-dedicate our hearts to God / Jesus.
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