Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication, or the Festival of Lights, is not the Jewish alternative to Christmas. Although it is celebrated in the winter, this festive holiday describes a story all its own—of faithfulness to God, of bravery against all odds, and of the rededication of a defiled Temple. For Jews, Hanukkah is a time of bright lights, of delicious smells, of delightful singing, presents, and games. It is a time to proudly remember our heroes and wonder at the miracles of God.
Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah—himself a Jew—also celebrated Hanukkah as recorded in John 10:22: “Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim [Jerusalem]. It was winter, and Yeshua was walking around inside the temple area, in Shlomo’s Colonnade.” But Hanukkah is not just for Jews! Hanukkah means “dedication,” a theme of significance for Jews and Christians. So why not look into this fascinating holiday? Discussing its historical background, its modern-day customs, its deep meaning for all of God’s people, this little booklet covers all the how-tos. Recipes, music, rules for playing dreydel and prayers for lighting the menorah are all included.
…poignantly written…for the benefit of the novice as much as the experienced Hanukkah reveler. —The Messianic Times, November 2002