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The Tabernacle Times
_____ November 2013 _______________ Cheshvan - Kislev 5774 _______________ Volume 8 Issue 11_____


Rabbi & Brenda
by Rabbi Jeremy
& Brenda Storch
  Why talk about Hanukkah in November?  Well, this year the first light is lit on the earliest date possible, November 27th -
the night before Thanksgiving!  Oy vay!

Hanukkah, alternately called the “Feast
of Dedication” and the “Festival of Lights”, is at once the best know and least known of the Jewish holidays.  

Yeshua (Jesus) Himself celebrated Hanukkah as told in John 10:22-23.  Tradition demands that we recount the story of the menorah at the Holy Temple, how is stayed lit for eight days with only one day’s supply of oil.  Unfortunately, the events leading up to this miracle are often forgotten.

Hanukkah is not mentioned in the bible as we know it, but is in the apocryphal books
  of the Macabees. The story begins in 336 BC when Alexander the Great conquered the Persian Empire, which included Judea (Israel).  The Jews and Alexander had a good association; Alexander allowed and encouraged Judaism to flourish, even sponsoring many sacrifices in the Temple. 

After the death of Alexander, Judea fell under the rule of the Ptolemies of Alexandria.  The Jewish people were heavily influenced by the Hellenistic culture of the day and began to assimilate into the Greek society.  Forsaking the ways of their fathers, they adopted the Greek fashion of dress, language and philosophies.  It was during this time that an unstable madman named Antiochus Epiphanes came into power. 

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