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The Tabernacle Times
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______ December 2014 _______________Kislev - Tevet 5775 _______________Volume 9 Issue 12______

Hanukkah

Rabbi & Brenda
by
Rabbi Jeremy
& Brenda Storch
  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.

Shavuot

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