Hanukkah is celebrated on the 24th of Kislev and is a yearly celebration of the rededication of the Temple after G-D gave Israel the great victory over the Greekarmy. Although the story of Hanukkah is not found within the pages of the Bible, Hanukkah is referenced in chapter 10 of the book of John. At Brit Ahm we celebrate the victory of assimilation, the gift of a rededicated Temple and the relighting of the Menorah by eating traditional foods fried in oil and giving gifts to those less fortunate such as children in local hospitals or orphanages. At Brit Ahm we also use this time to search our hearts and lives for any roots of assimilation and to rededicate our lives to G-D.
“His forces will rise up and profane the fortified Temple; they will stop the daily offering and set up the abomination of desolation. With smooth words he will seduce those who act wickedly against the covenant, but the people who know their God will stand strong and prevail.” Daniel 11:31-32 TLV
“Then came Hanukkah; it was winter in Jerusalem. Yeshua was walking in the Temple around Solomon’s Colonnade. Then the Judean leaders surrounded Him, saying, ‘How long will You hold us in suspense? If You are the Messiah, tell us outright!’ Yeshua answered them, ‘I told you, but you don’t believe! The works I do in My Father’s name testify concerning Me. But you don’t believe, because you are not My sheep. My sheep hear My voice. I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life! They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. And no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.’” John 10:22-30 TLV