Happy Hanukkah My friends.
I pray your life is as blessed as mine, that Yeshua's blessings flow from you freely.
I am indeed blessed, and am so grateful for that, I have a wonderful family, wonderful friends, and praise the Lord, no unexpected hospital stays in almost a year.
I am learning to listen to the doctors more now too LOL! When they say not to walk on my prosthetics I don't.
At least for the most part LOL.
And I have Johnny in my life
(Okay) he doesnt like being caleld that anymore, but I get away with it LOL!
Mamma is doing well as is Aunt Louisa, but I am afraid Aunt Kendra has been put on bed rest, but even she is making improvements, I wish I could say the news was as good for Sasha, but they believe she may have cancer.
I am praying not, of course, and the answers aren't definitive yet, but waiting can be hard.
Johnny is asking for a new computer for Christmas, little does he know he is going to get it SHH...Our family and his have something up our sleeves LOL!
But now is the time we celebrate, and thank the Lord for the victory that is the whole reason behind Hanukkah.
Hanukkah, the eight day long Festival of Lights, is one of the most joyous times of the Jewish year.
The reason for the celebration is twofold (both dating back to c. 165 BCE):
- The miraculous military victory of the small, ill-equipped Jewish army (Maccabees) over the ruling Greek Syrians, who had banned the Jewish religion and desecrated the Temple;
- The miracle of the small cruse of consecrated oil, which burned for eight days in the Temple's menorah instead of just one.
Tonight we light the fifth ligh on our Menorah.
Hanukkah is celebrated by:
- Lighting an 8-branched menorah (called a Chanukiah) for eight nights (at sunset) with either olive oil or wax candles; one on the first night and an additional one each succeeding night, so that the last night has eight lights
- Eating food fried in oil, especially potato pancakes (latkes) and jelly donuts (sufganiyot)
- Playing with a dreidel, a four-sided top with four Hebrew letters (nun, gimmel, hey, shin) which stand for "Nes Gadol Hayah Sham," "A Great Miracle Happened There." The Hebrew word for dreidel is "sevivon"; the player wins or loses money depending on which side it lands on (each is marked with a different Hebrew letter)
- Adding special prayers: Al Hanisim (On the Miracles) to grace after meals and the thrice-daily prayers, singing the Hallel (Psalms 113 through 118) during morning prayers.
- Each night of the holiday, Jews light one more candle, exchange gifts, play dreidel, and eat fried latkes and donuts to remember this victory for religious freedom and the miracle of the oil.
- Jewish families light the hanukia (or Hanukkah menorah) in their home to commemorate
Before we light the Mennorah we will pray.
. Praised are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to kindle the Hanukkah lights."
2. Praised are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, Who performed wondrous deeds for our ancestors, in those days, at this season."
3. This third blessing is recited only on the first night: "Praised are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, Who has kept us in life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season."
After lighting the candles the "Haneirot halalu" is said, informing everybody that the candles are being lit to publicize the miracle and may not be used for mundane purposes. For this reason the extra "Shamash" is lit, so that there's an extra light people can use to read by, that is not related to the lights commemorating the miracle.
As Messianic Jews (Jews who worship the Messiah) we get to celebrate both Hannukah and Christmas.
Kind of the best of both worlds.
I love the fact that I am both Christian and Jew.
Like the men in Jesus time, the Jews who embrassed Christ teachings, Messianic Jews have been around for a long time.
Well it is nearly time to light the Menorrah, so I must put this to bed, and gather with the family.