Hope To The End

graphic by Bill Lane

Menorahs are lit from right to left, using the middle candle ( servant candle) to light with

Prayers for the lighting of the Menorah
or a simple prayer of re-dedicating ourselves ( we are the temple of the Holy Ghost )

Hanukkah...Feast of Lights...Feast of Dedication...Chanukah
Miracle of Oil ..."nes" in Hebrew means "miracle"

"A Great Miracle Happened There"

Hanukkah was first celebrated as a belated Sukkot. Those two feasts are tied together by the fact that Mary conceived our Lord during Hanukkah and gave birth at Sukkot the following year.
Hanukkah is an 8 day celebration; we make sure that the word "Hanukkah" has 8 letters in it.

On-Line Virtual Menorah
(for those who do not have Hanukkah menorahs)

THE LIGHT IS MESSIAH....many good articles www.haydid.org/hanukah2.htm

Hanukkah, Menorah and John 10
The LIGHT on Solomon's Porch

Come, O Come Emmanuel

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
More good articles from Haydid www.haydid.org/hanukkahindex.htm

The word "menorah" is not in the KJV-Bible (Concordance).
The Bible uses the word "candlestick" and "lamp"/ lampstand  instead.
Hanukkah passages in the Bible:
Maccabees (Apocrypha)
Haggai 2: 10; 2:18 and 20 and

John 10:22  It was at the time of Hanukkah that Jesus imparted the greatest truth to His people:
"I and My Father are one" (echad)
John 10:30 -- The Trinity and here
by Marty Goetz (Psalm Enchanted Evening)....
"My Yeshua--
On this Feast of Dedication, I dedicate myself to You.
And for every candle on the Menorah that illuminates the night
Comes my prayer that You kindle in me Messiah
A desire for Your fire, for Your Light !....
a great miracle happened
here (in my heart).

88 Hanukkah sites (Maven) http://www.maven.co.il/subjects.asp?S=128

Hanukkah not just for Jews -- Rabbi Daniel Lapin

How to recognize dictators -- December 17, 2003
Rabbi Daniel Lapin

Here are two chief characteristics of tyrants:
The first is
they come to power during times of chaos and anarchy. When the traditions and rules that hold together the invisible framework of social stability collapse, the tyrant seized his moment. We humans so yearn for predictability in our lives that even if it is offered by someone odious and suspect, we will often embrace it. Freedom run amok can be far more frightening to ordinary folks trying to raise their families and feed them than the cartoon figure with the moustache who insists on total power in order to restore our lives to the normality of our nostalgia.

The second characteristic of tyrants is they dominate the epoch within their cultures.
They demand and obtain a worship of personality. Statues, parades and rallies are only symbolic of the total authority they exercise over their people. Women frequently adore them and babies are raised in their adulation.

Ancient Jewish tradition identifies any epoch defined by one charismatic and powerful leader as an epoch headed for trouble.
The first time the Bible identifies this pattern of human history is the opening of Genesis chapter 14: "And it came to pass in the days of Amrafel king of Shinar ..." Jewish tradition identifies Amrafel as biblical history's first tyrant, Nimrod – the same ruler who built the tower of Babel.

One unintended side effect of the secular fundamentalism sweeping America is how it erodes the rules that hold together the invisible net of social stability. By encouraging unfettered personal license, secular fundamentalism helps collapse civilized norms. .......

It can eventually, however, infect ordinary Americans with docility about further federal control beyond that necessary to protect us from our enemies.
In a desperate attempt to recover some sense of normality and predictability in our lives, we might be tempted to embrace expanded government influence over how we live, earn and worship. We would yearn for the predictability and normality that used to be supplied by those traditional rules that many Jewish and Christian Americans of faith remember increasingly nostalgically.
back to Biblical basics
Biblically-based faith helps to maintain freedom by holding together the invisible framework of social stability. This might be one lesson that we Jewish and Christian Americans of faith can draw from

The Temple Menorah only had oil for one day,
yet it stayed lit for 8 miraculous days.
There is no explanation for this, other than the intervention of God.
If ever our electrical grids went down, or if ever there were an oil crisis can God supply our needs? Unequivocally YES ! Our God is the same yesterday, today and forever !
Hebrews 13:8

Please see "1, 2 Kings and the Great Tribulation" for modern day miracle-living

" Be still and see the wondrous works of God"
Challah Bread www.haydid.org/challah.htm

More recipes...brisket, jelly-donuts, chicken etc.

Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled all the Messianic prophecies





more links :

SONG: "Light one candle"(don't let the light go out)
 In this song, Peter, Paul and Mary bid us to light a candle for the wisdom to know when the Peace-maker comes. We won't have to light any candles, when He comes, for He'll split the Eastern sky and He will be seen worldwide , like lighting-- from east to west.
The sun will barely give light and the moon won't give any light at all. The stars will fall from the sky. There will be cataclysmic events in the heavens. Matthew 24:27, 29, 30.
"Every eye shall see Him" Rev. 1:7

And not only that, He'll arrive at the Mt. of Olives and split it in two, with a river running from the Temple Mount to the Dead Sea, thus making it a living sea.
Zechariah 14:4-9
We certainly won't mistake the real Messiah for the false-messiah who only comes in his own name. John 5:43

"The Threedom of Freedom" and other good articles
Good background and prayers: www.ou.org/chagim/chanukah/default.htm

The Hannukah menorah has 8 candles plus the servant candle,
equaling 9 candles in all.
The Shabbat (Sabbath-day) menorah has 7 candles
representing the 7 days of the week that we ask God to bless.

Hanukkah Websites

PHOTOS : Record ALIYA to Israel from America and Canada at Hanukkah 2005

Dec. 25, 2005
First time in 2,200 years, the Menorah will be lit on the great wall of China

The largest Menorah in the world, whose wax is made from more than 5,000 candles, will light up Jerusalem
Sunday night [ December 25, 2005] , the first evening of the eight-day Festival of Lights
The menorah will be lit at Pisgat Ze'ev, in the northern part of the capital, and is housed in an elevator, enabling it to be seen from miles around to fulfill the mitzvah of publicizing the miracle of Chanukah, which occurred 2,144 years ago. The holiday recalls both the miraculous victory of the minority of Jews over the ruling Greeks, and the miracle of the burning of holy olive oil for eight days.
After the military victory, the priests at that time searched the desecrated Temple and found one container of olive oil that was fit to light the holy Menorah. The oil was enough for only 24 hours, but lasted eight days, during which time the priests were able to prepare new oil.

The Jewish calendar is a lunar-solar calendar ( BOTH .... since adjustment is made by Adar II );
Gentile calendar is solar only ; Muslim calendar is lunar only
See Arthur Spier


"Menorah of Mortars Marks First Night of Hanukkah" By Scott Shiloh -- Dec. 25, 2005
Tonight marks the first night of Hanukkah, the festival of lights commemorating the liberation of the land of Israel from the yoke of Hellenistic domination

Gush Katif refugees, many of whom are still dwelling in hotels awaiting permanent housing, lit a unique menorah tonight, one made of mortar shells fired by Arab terrorists into the heart of N’vei Dekalim, the largest community of Gush Katif.

That special menorah commemorates the miracle of Jewish survival throughout the ages, and reminds us of the symbolic role Gush Katif has played in the saga of Jewish history: a community standing victorious despite constant attempts by Arab terrorists to wipe it out.

5000 mortars rained down on Gush Katif, from the onset of the Oslo War in September 2000, to August 2005. Miraculously, they succeeded in causing only minor damage and minimal casualties. Not only did they fail to harm the community physically,
they failed to impact the Jewish spirit burning in the hearts of its residents. They call the menorah of mortars the “al hanissim,” menorah of miracles.

While those communities have since been uprooted, not by Arab terrorists, but by the policies of the Israeli government,
the menorah of mortars testifies to a spirit that eternally renews itself, and one that becomes stronger in the face adversity.

Last year at this time, Hanukkah menorahs were lit in the homes of Jews living in the towns of Dugit and Elei Sinai, located in the northern parts of the Gaza district.

Now Arab terrorists are firing Kassam rockets from those places onto Israeli cities, towns, and IDF bases from Ashkelon to Sderot.

The light and spirit of Gush Katif may look a bit dim from today’s vantage point. But if Jewish history is a guide, it is only a matter of time before all of Israel looks toward that light in much in the same way as Jews around the world tonight light the menorah and participate in the victory of the Maccabees over the Greeks.

Both represent victories of spirit over those who wished to extinguish the light of Israel.
-- Arutz Sheva Dec. 26, 2005


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