I've always been intrigued by other religions and celebrations. One of the many bonuses of living in a large, metro area is the rich diversity of our friends, neighbors and co-workers.
I have always been intrigued by the Jewish culture and religion. A few months ago, I met a Rabbi and his gorgeous wife on campus. They really open my eyes to the Jewish culture and some very special customs and holidays.
The Meaning of Hanukkah
Hanukkah begins on 25 Kislev on the Jewish calendar for year 5775 (Translates to December 16, 2014). Hanukkah is celebrated for eight nights and usually includes an menorah, dreidel games, holiday treats, small gifts to children (Geit), lots of food (traditionally, the food is fried in oil; ie doughnuts, potato latkes) and many friends and family to help celebrate!
Hanukkah celebrates and honors the struggle of ancient Jews to restore the Temple of Jerusalem. Part of the celebration and honor is the lighting of the menorah; an eight branched lamp that is lit by eight candles.
After the Jewish people won the battle for the Temple, oil was scarce and they believed that they had only enough to light the Temple for one night. Because of God's provisions (think of the Bible story when Jesus fed the multitudes with only a few loaves and fishes), they were able to light the Temple for eight nights!
One branch of the menorah is lit every night of Hanukkah and signifies God's faithfulness to his people.
A menorah can be purchased at any major retailer. Check out these options. Menorahs are usually displayed in a large window for friends and neighbors to view. This serves as a reminder to be faithful.
Check out my Hanukkah Pinterest Board!
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