December 16, 2017, 6:30 PM
Plan to attend our Hanukkah Celebration and children’s program. After the celebration there is a time of fellowship and eating traditional Hanukkah foods.
Hanukkah, or the Festival of Rededication, celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its defilement by the Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE. Although it is a late addition to the Jewish liturgical calendar, the eight-day festival of Hanukkah has become a beloved and joyous holiday. It is also known as the Festival of Lights.
Much of the activity of Hanukkah takes place at home. Central to the holiday is the lighting of the hanukkiah, an eight-branched candelabrum to which one candle is added on each day of the holiday until it is ablaze with light on the eighth day.
The defining act of Hanukkah is to kindle the lights of the hanukkiyah, the eight-branched candelabrum. These lights, which can either be candles or tiny oil cups with floating wicks, grow in strength during the eight days of Hanukkah, with the addition of one candle or lighted wick each night.
In commemoration of the legendary cruse of oil, it is traditional to eat foods fried in oil. The most familiar Hanukkah foods are the European (Ashkenazi) potato pancakes, or latkes, and the Israeli favorite, jelly donuts, or sufganiyot.
As we remember this Feast of Dedication, reflect upon the light of understanding and deliverance He has brought into your life. Messiah, our deliverer, has come! Let His light shine forth from your life as you too dedicate yourselves to grow into Temples for the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) to dwell in, consecrated unto the LORD GOD Almighty. Keep the light burning... waiting for His return!