The Mysterious Festival of Hanukkah
Rather than re-posting my usual post on this special Jewish Holiday, I thought I would post this excellent explanation from FaithGateway. This year, 2016, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Christmas Eve, December 24th.
Everyone has some awareness of the holiday called Hanukkah, because of its proximity to Christmas. You hear people say, “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah”. Many Jews even exchange gifts within their respective families, primarily with the children because of the influence of Christmas. As we all know, it is very much a Jewish celebration, but should it have any interest or significance for Christians?
The purpose and the traditions of this festival are so intriguing, that Christians should appreciate Hanukkah more than a passing acknowledgment of the season. Jewish celebrations are packed full of meaningful rituals and observances, which serve as wonderful illustrations of spiritual truths.
When the traditions point in…
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