This is the Jewish year
5774, which is the year 2013 to most of the world.
Hanukkah begins on the 25 of Kislev, which begins Wednesday Evening, November
27th, 2013. Early this year; the evening before Thanksgiving Day.
the first time since 1888, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will
converge, marking the first joint celebration of the two holidays
aptly named Thanksgivukkah.
year Thanksgiving Day will mark the first
day of Hanukkah –
the eight-day festival that celebrates the rededication during the
second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, when Jews
revolted against their Greek-Syrian oppressors called the
Maccabean Revolt. Since Hanukkah starts on Wednesday at sundown,
the second candle will be lit on Thanksgiving Day.
Listen to the Hanukkah Message
Color Presentation: PDF/Hanukkah_001.pdf
We will have a special service on the
Fourth Night of Hanukkah, Saturday,
November 30th, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Our service will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cool
Springs in Franklin Tennessee.
We will have some refreshments
Hanukkah is a Jewish festival that
usually occurs in December but this year it is early in November. The
Hebrew calendar date is on the 25th day
of the Hebrew month Kislev, Hanukkah, also spelled Chanukah, marks the rededication of
the Temple of Jerusalem after its recapture from the Syrian Greeks c.165 BC. A legend of a
miracle is recorded in the Talmud--the burning of a day's supply of pure olive oil for
eight days, until fresh jars of clean oil could be brought into the temple--accounts for
the eight days during which candles are kindled during Chanukah. The eight-branched
menorah, candelabrum has become a symbol of the holiday. The Book of Second
of the earliest sources on the origins of Hanukkah, connects the eight days of the
festival with the eight-day observance of Sukkot, the feast of Tabernacles. According to
the text, the first Hanukkah in 164 B.C.E. was celebrated as a delayed Sukkot, since the
Maccabees had been unable to observe the holiday properly while they were fighting in the
The New Testament speaks of Hanukkah.
It says in the book of John, Chapter 10 verse 22-28; "At that time the Feast of
Hanukkah (Dedication) took place at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Yeshua (the Hebrew name
of Jesus) was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon. The Jews (Jewish Leaders)
therefore gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, "How long will you keep us in
suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly."
here for more about the history and observance of Hanukkah!