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December 10, 2020 - December 18, 2020
Hanukkah (Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה “Dedication”), also known as the Festival of Lights, is the annual Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the oppressive rule of the Seleucid Empire. Hanukkah is celebrated from the 25th evening of Kislev to the 2nd or 3rd evening of Tevet; which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. In 2020 Hanukkah will be celebrated from the evening of December 10 to the evening of December 18, 2020.
Mentioned in 1 & 2 Maccabees, as well as in the Talmud, the story of Hanukkah tells how the Maccabees defeated the Seleucids and reclaimed the Temple Mount. Thereafter they proclaimed an 8 day celebration of songs and sacrifices as a sort of delayed Sukkot. There was only enough pure oil, blessed by the High Priest, to keep the menorah on the altar lit for 1 day, and yet the oil burned for 8 days.
From a Christian perspective we can view the 8 days of Hanukkah as a shadow, type, and prefigurement of or precursor to The Lord’s Day, celebrated by Christians every Sunday. As Christians, in our sins and weaknesses, we can also look at how we can make our own “oil” burn for far longer than we believe it can.
Read more about Hanukkah on Wikipedia.