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The Tabernacle Times
December 2016 ......................... Kislev - Tevet 5777 ......................... Volume 11 Issue 12


Rabbi & Brenda
by Rabbi Jeremy
& Brenda Storch




  This year the first day of Hanukkah starts December 24th in the evening. Interesting timing! 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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