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Celebrate and Commemorate
the Miracle of More Than Enough With a
Hanukkah Menorah in Every Window
Increasingly, Christians around the world are forming a closer and closer relationship to Y’shua (Jesus), and the people of Israel through a deeper understanding of the symbols of the Jewish faith and resonant traditions that were part of His world and beliefs whose roots we share. Perhaps the most recognizable among these are the magen David (Star of David), the menorah, the mezuzah, the prayer shawl and the shofar.
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The Symbolism of the Menorah - Connect to Your Jewish Roots
According to the Torah, God revealed the design for the Menorah to Moses. Some believe that the seven branches represent the seven days of the week, symbolizing God's intimate daily relationship with the Jewish people. Others suggest the Menorah may symbolize the idea that Israel is supposed to be "a light unto the nations." (Isaiah 42:6). The sages point out that light is not a violent force, but instead, illuminates the truth; Israel is meant to accomplish its mission by setting an example, not by using force. In Zachariah 4:1-6, the prophet is shown a Menorah, and God explains, "Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit."
The Temple Menorah
The design of the Menorah is given in Exodus 25:31-40 and surviving illustrations correspond with this design. The Menorah was an oil lamp, lit by the olive oil that has always been plentiful in the land of Israel - used for lighting as well as for eating, for cleaning and for purification. The priests lit the Menorah in the Sanctuary of the temple each evening and cleaned it each morning, replacing the wicks and putting fresh olive oil into the cups.
Following the desecration of the Second Temple in 167 BC by the forces of the King of Syria, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, a group of Jewish rebels under the leadership of Judas Maqabim (the Maccabees) regained the Temple.
From the Hebrew word for "dedication" or "consecration", Chanukah (Hanukkah) marks the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem (Second Temple) after its desecration and commemorates the "miracle of the container of oil".
According to the Talmud, at the re-dedication following the victory of the Maccabees over the Seleucid Empire, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, which was the length of time it took to press, prepare and consecrate fresh olive oil. That is the reason the Chanukah menorah holds eight candles or oil and wick holders and a central candle or oil receptacle that is used to light the rest.
Except in times of danger, the lights were to be placed outside one's door, on the opposite side of the Mezuza, or in the window closest to the street. Rashi (a noted Rabbi and biblical scholar), wrote in a note to Shabbat 21b, that their purpose is to publicize the miracle.
Celebrating Chanukah with the display of lights in a menorah is to bear witness to the miracle God worked to let us know that His light cannot be quenched. When we celebrate with displaying lights as the Jewish people have since 168 BC, during the eight days of Chanukah, we bear witness as well to the God of Miracles...the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
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"Celebrating Hanukkah with the display of lights in a menorah is to bear witness to the miracle God worked to let us know that His light cannot be quenched."
You've probably noticed two spellings of the name for this wonderful season: Hanukkah and Chanukah. So...which is correct? Both! The first Hebrew letter of the name is a "chet". There is no corresponding sound in the English alphabet for the breathy "h" sound rising from the back of one's throat in this letter.
The Hebrew transliteration of the sound is often represented by the English letter "h". The spelling, Chanukah, is a Latinized representation of the sound from the time of the early Roman Church.
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