Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Happy Hanukkah

I am so excited for Hanukkah to start tomorrow night.  As most know it will last for 8 days and boy do I stay busy.  Living in Chino Valley AZ,  people don't understand about kosher food, however thank goodness for 1-800 Kosher,  LOL.  Most don't understand what Hanukkah is, so I thought it would be fun to post the story.  I was brought up Jewish but I live a Christian Life now.  However,  I still celebrate a lot of the Jewish holidays.

In 168 B.C.E. the Jewish Temple was seized by Syrian-Greek soldiers and dedicated to the worship of the god Zeus. This upset the Jewish people, but many were afraid to fight back for fear of reprisals. Then in 167 B.C.E. the Syrian-Greek emperor Antiochus made the observance of Judaism an offense punishable by death. He also ordered all Jews to worship Greek gods. Jewish resistance began in the village of Modiin, near Jerusalem. Greek soldiers forcibly gathered the Jewish villages and told them to bow down to an idol, then eat the flesh of a pig – both practices that are forbidden to Jews. A Greek officer ordered Mattathias, a High Priest, to acquiesce to their demands, but Mattathias refused. When another villager stepped forward and offered to cooperate on Mattathias' behalf, the High Priest became outraged. He drew his sword and killed the villager, then turned on the Greek officer and killed him too. His five sons and the other villagers then attacked the remaining soldiers, killing all of them.
Mattathias and his family went into hiding in the mountains, where other Jews wishing to fight against the Greeks joined them. Eventually they succeeded in retaking their land from the Greeks. These rebels became known as the Maccabees, or Hasmoneans.
Once the Maccabees had regained control they returned to the Temple in Jerusalem. By this time it had been spiritually defiled by being used for the worship of foreign gods and also by practices such as sacrificing swine. Jewish troops were determined to purify the Temple by burning ritual oil in the Temple’s menorah for eight days. But to their dismay, they discovered that there was only one day's worth of oil left in the Temple. They lit the menorah anyway and to their surprise the small amount of oil lasted the full eight days.
This is the miracle of the Hanukkah oil that is celebrated every year when Jews light a special menorah known as a hanukkiyah for eight days. One candle is lit on the first night of Hanukkah, two on the second, and so on, until eight candles are lit.

I have noticed that most people only think about the miracles in the New Testament and most forget about the wonderful miracles of the Old Testament.

Happy Hanukkah



  1. Thank you for sharing....tonight, our stitch group will honor one of our group who is Jewish with handmade cards and a question she will be asked to answer. After reading your explanation, I now know more...thank you.

  2. Thank you for the history lesson. I like learning new things. Happy Hanukkah

  3. Thank you, Linda. I knew the oil lasted 8 days, but never knew the story behind it. Thank you for sharing!