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The Tabernacle Times
  December 2012                                    Kislev - Tevet 5773                                  Volume 7 Issue 12

The Hanukkah Debate

Rabbi & Brenda

By Rabbi Jeremy & Brenda Storch

Many early childhood educators believe that one of the most crucial stages in socialization occurs when a child is between 18 and 30 months old and attends another child's birthday party. When the birthday cake is brought in, most of the little guests try to blow out the candles right along with the birthday child. As the child opens presents, little hands start to grab for the toys. Why do you think "party favors" were invented?

To help children begin to distinguish between what's mine and what's his/hers. Toddlers must learn the difference between celebrating one's own birthday and celebrating someone else's. With that in mind Jewish educators will advise

parents to give their children who want to celebrate Christmas a very important message: Christmas is someone else's party, not ours. Just as we can appreciate someone else's birthday celebration and be happy for them, we can wonder at how beautiful Christmas is, but it is not our party.

We know that Yeshua celebrated the "Feast of Dedication" or Hanukkah during his life as is recorded in the gospel of John 10:22.  But the modern day celebration is nothing like it was back then, it was a relatively minor holiday until recently, where it has morphed into a veritable Blue Christmas.
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