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The following is a guest post by Jamin Taylor with Just A Bondservant.
Hanukkah is not one of the seven Feasts of YHVH found in Leviticus 23. It is an 8 day celebration honoring the rededication of the temple following the victory of the Maccabbees over the Seleucid Empire ruled by Antiochus IV Epiphanes in the 2nd century BCE.
The story about the oil lasting eight days is an example of Jewish legend being added hundreds of years afterwards. Hannukah is eight days long because in the days of Antiochus Epiphanes, the Temple was defiled during Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), which is an eight day Feast, so when they rededicated and cleansed the Temple later that winter, the people of Israel celebrated the eight days of Sukkot at that time. Now it is a celebration and national remembrance of God’s miraculous victory during the war.
This infographic portrays Messiah Yeshua’s timeline from Conception to the Giving of the Set-Apart Spirit. Note the importance of Hanukkah in YHVH’s perfect plan.Download PDF Version
The response below came from one of our Facebook Torah family. It’s regarding holidays and staying functional with our loved ones during this difficult time of the year… especially for those of us that are new to Torah and have recently come to understand the pagan roots of Christmas. There are a lot of great suggestions here and we hope they bring encouragement and blessings.
Q: We just began following Torah a few weeks ago, but we need some guidance about next steps on dealing with Christmas.
Praise YHVH! What an awesome joy it is to hear of more and more brothers and sisters coming to the true faith of Torah! Welcome!
This is a great test for you, coming to this truth at this time of year. But Father and Messiah will guide you through. Once the children get a hold of The Feasts, I doubt they will ever want to go back to paganism. It is currently Chanukah, so start now. Read Maccabees, get a Hanukiah, have the children help with lighting the candles if they are old enough. Go shopping at a Kosher or Jewish bookstore or grocer and pick up Chanukah items for them. Make latkes. Get some of the great books out there for kids on the Hebrew holidays.