ChristiaNet MallWorld's Largest Christian MallChristian BlogsFree Bible QuizzesFree Ecards and Free Greeting CardsLoans, Debt, Business and Insurance Articles

Celebrating Hanukkah

What do you think about celebrating Hanukkah?

Join Our Christian Singles and Take The Christian Living Quiz
 ---Rod4Him on 12/2/10
     Helpful Blog Vote (1)

Reply to this BlogPost a New Blog



Are you aware the Chanukkah ended yesterday, Eloy?
---Cluny on 12/10/10


17 more days until Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!
---Eloy on 12/8/10


Eloy:

Once again, you ignore the camel (i.e. that the Hebrew calendar is lunar, and our calendar is solar, so they can NEVER be synchronized), while choking on the gnat (i.e. what the exact weather happens to be in the Middle East - something that was only very peripheral to this subject).
---StrongAxe on 12/8/10


Today is the last day of Hanukkah. Happy Hanukkah!
---Rod4Him on 12/8/10


Rod4Him, I think it is a good thing that some people celebrate Hanukkah.
---Eloy on 12/8/10




\\Strongax, please do research before making false statements.\\

Eloy, please follow your own advice.
---Cluny on 12/8/10


Eloy:

It is IMPOSSIBLE for our April to correspond exactly to Aviv, or for any month that we observe to correspond to any month in the Hebrew calendar.

This is because the Hebrew months are based on the phases of the moon - that is, the first day of every Hebrew month always occurs on a new moon. (This is where the word "month" comes from - from "moon").

It is only in our modern Julian and Gregorian calendars that the "month" is divorced from the phases of the moon, and synchronized with the sun. If you look at any calendar, you can see that the phases of the moon change from year to year.
---StrongAxe on 12/7/10


Strongax, please do research before making false statements. The Middle East is Not tropical, for currently today the winters are recorded as cold and wet in Bethlehem, and the average temperatures during the last week of December in Bethlehem in the winter ranges between 33 to 45 degrees fahrenheit, with occassional snow.
---Eloy on 12/8/10


\\Cluny, I do not follow Rosh Hashannah, but if you are referring to the "Feast of Trumpets and Day of Atonement", according to the scripture in Leviticus 23:23-32 that is on October 1st-10th.\\

Rosh Hashana, otherwise known as Feast of Trumpets" is the Jewish New Year.

It falls in September.

Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, falls 10 days. Together, they are called by Jews the Ten Days of Awe.
---Cluny on 12/8/10


Cluny, I do not follow Rosh Hashannah, but if you are referring to the "Feast of Trumpets and Day of Atonement", according to the scripture in Leviticus 23:23-32 that is on October 1st-10th. Please read about the 4 great Feasts in Leviticus chapter 23:
1) April 14, Passover and Unleavened Bread for 7 days (April 14th to 21st)- Exodus 12:1-18.
2) June 3, Pentecost, 50 days or 7 weeks after the unleavened bread (April 21-June 3).
3) October 1-10, Trumpets, and Day of Atonement (Lev.16:29-34+ 23:23-32).
4) October 15, Tabernacles or Ingathering, live in huts or shanties for 7 days.
---Eloy on 12/7/10




2The 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Tim 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
1Ti 6:20-21 O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called "knowledge"which some have professed and thus gone astray [fn] from the faith. Grace be with you.
The first day of the Hebrew month is always a new moon.
---micha9344 on 12/7/10


strongax, The American English people, whom are not ancient hebrews do not say Abib today, instead our calendar is April which is the equivalent to Abib or Nisan. But if you desire to only dis then cease asking me for the truth, for I sense that you ask me quewstions only to dis the scriptural answers that I reply, and by doing so you are first condemning yourself and secondly you are wasting time. I suggest that you ask me no questions at all until you are honestly ready to accept the truth.
---Eloy on 12/7/10


Eloy:

Yes, yes, those references in Exodus point out that Passover occurs in the first month. But these do NOT in any way mention the month of "April", which is a month that was instituted in the Romans calendar several thousand years later.

You are also using "common sense" to deduce that God would not cause plants to sprout forth from the ground in winter months. But this cannot narrow down whether this was March, April, nor May. Also the "suitability" of any month for growing plants depends on the climate. In tropical areas (like the middle east), the growing season starts much earlier than it does in colder regions.
---StrongAxe on 12/7/10


\\Strongax, I already provided the Biblical reference that Abib refers to April in Exodus 12:1-18. .....\\

Et reliqua.

And it proves that Nisan correspondes to April and always falls during it just how?

BTW--why does Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, fall in September?

Or did you know that?
---Cluny on 12/7/10


Strongax, I already provided the Biblical reference that Abib refers to April in Exodus 12:1-18. You can also find it in Ex.9:31- "barley in the ear", and "green ears of kernel"- Lv.2:14. This is the first month of the hebrew year, and also according to the scriptures, on Friday afternoon of April 1st Jesus created Adam. Abib is the beginning of months, and consider that God would not cause to spring from the earth, the green grass and the green herbs in the snow of winter.
---Eloy on 12/7/10


Eloy:

Please cite chapter and verse that say Abib is in April.

The Jewish calendar used in both Testaments is always tied to the moon. The months always go from new moon to new moon. Regardless of any calendars that anyone uses, anyone can see the cycles of the moon are NOT synchronized with that of the sun. While the Jewish feasts and fasts occured on specific days of specific months, those months are fixed to the moon - so they appear to wander around in different months in our solar calendar - and also vice versa. For example, 1 Aviv occurs in March or April, while 1 April occurs in Aviv or Adar.
---StrongAxe on 12/6/10


Read These Insightful Articles About Holidays


\\Cluny, There is no need to ask any sinner rabbi, when scripture gives the clear command:\\

If it weren't for these "sinner rabbis" you so despise, Eloy, you wouldn't have the very OT texts to which you appeal.

How's THAT for Alice-in-Wonderland?
---Cluny on 12/6/10


\\Cluny, There is no need to ask any sinner rabbi, when scripture gives the clear command: Abib is always April, \\

Except when it starts in March or goes into May.

\\and on the 14th of this month is Passover, always and at all times,\\

Except when 14 Nisan falls on the Shabbat, in which case Pesach is anticipated on the 12th.

Eloy, you might have fooled people at your church (including yourself) that you are learned, but you don't fool those of us who know what we're talking about.
---Cluny on 12/6/10


Cluny, There is no need to ask any sinner rabbi, when scripture gives the clear command: Abib is always April, the first month of each year, and on the 14th of this month is Passover, always and at all times, according to the scripture: Ex.12:1-18. And we know that the 12 month hebrew year has 360 days, because God numbers the days that the antiChrist is in power is 3 1/2 years, "a time and times and half a time, being, one thousand two hundred and sixty days": Dn.7:25+ Rv.12:6,14,17.
---Eloy on 12/6/10


\\and has never been consistent with the solar calendar that dates from the time of Julius Caesar.

Do you have a reference for this?\\

Look up any good article about the calendars in question.

You can find information in books, encyclopedias, and all over the web.
---Cluny on 12/6/10


Read These Insightful Articles About Health Insurance


\\Besides, the Hebrew lunar calendar has 13 months. The Solar calendar always as 12.
---Cluny on 12/5/10\\

I meant to say that the Hebrew lunar calendar SOMETIMES has 13 months.

However, since it is a lunar calendar, then despite what Eloy said, the months have 28-29 days.
---Cluny on 12/6/10


\\1 . Abib or Nisan = April\\

But sometimes Aviv/Nisan starts in mid-March.

It doesn't exactly correspond with Roman April. Ask any observant Jew or Rabbi.

Did you think it did?

"I believe so" is no proof, even if you're the one believing it.

Besides, the Hebrew lunar calendar has 13 months. The Solar calendar always as 12.
---Cluny on 12/5/10


Cluny //The Hebrew lunar calendar, which is till that observed at the time of Christ, sometimes has 13 months, and has never been consistent with the solar calendar that dates from the time of Julius Caesar.

Do you have a reference for this?

I realize that from time to time, at least what I recall, they had to tweek the calendar in order to adjust for planting and harvest but such was the problem with lunar calendar.

Keep up the good work.
---leej on 12/5/10


Well, Cluny, I'm going to leave Eloy to God and dust my feet off on this post.
I often wondered what kind of person Jesus was talking about:
Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
But also am reminded:
1 Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
And:
Romans 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
---micha9344 on 12/5/10


Send a Free Inspirational Ecard


Cluny, your words are not Biblical. God's people did not follow the secular and civil calendars which are not the same as the calendar of Scripture. If you read the scriptures, you will see that God gives the month, the season, the precise number or day of the exact month, and the deatiled time on that precise day of that precise month, and he never told his people that his designated days would change or that his people are to change them. But unregenerate sinners of worldly and civil authorities whom do not follow God's instructions, they will name their own days and make up their own calendars, which have zero to do with God.
---Eloy on 12/5/10


micha9344, you speak falsehood. There are 12 chiefs of the 12 tribes of Israel, and there are 12 months in the Hebrew calendar, and there are about 30 days in each month:

1 . Abib or Nisan = April
2 . Zif = May
3 . Siuan = June
4 . Tammuz = July
5 . Ab = August
6 . Elul = September
7 . Ethanim = October
8 . Bul = November
9 . Chisleu = December
10. Tebeth = January
11. Shebat = February
12. Adar = March
---Eloy on 12/5/10


\\Cluny, There is nothing floating in the original Hebrew calendar.\\

The Hebrew lunar calendar, which is till that observed at the time of Christ, sometimes has 13 months, and has never been consistent with the solar calendar that dates from the time of Julius Caesar.

Claiming that they don't float in comparison with each other merely shows ignorance about both.
---Cluny on 12/4/10


It is NOT a Jewish holy day
---John on 12/2/10

Amen

Hanukkah means Festival of Lights originally a national holiday (like independence day in USA) celebration is connected with the cleansing of the Temple Dan 8:11

Johns post was correct it has turned into a pagan celebration
---Rhonda on 12/4/10


Read These Insightful Articles About Christian Dating


"The dates of Hanukkah are determined by the Hebrew calendar. Hanukkah begins at the 25th day of Kislev and concludes on the 2nd or 3rd day of Tevet (Kislev can have 29 or 30 days). The Jewish day begins at sunset, whereas the Gregorian calendar begins the day at midnight. Hanukkah begins on sunset of the date listed.
December 1, 2010
December 20, 2011
December 8, 2012
November 27, 2013
December 16, 2014
December 6, 2015
December 24, 2016
December 12, 2017
December 2, 2018
December 22, 2019
December 10, 2020"-Wikipedia
You may need to confer with God more before you speak Eloy, don't let that fact that you speak falsehood at times destroy your faith in God, rather, let it strengthen it.
---micha9344 on 12/4/10


Cluny, There is nothing floating in the original Hebrew calendar. Because modern day Jews do not follow the old established calendar, just like the modern western world also changes their calendars and days to whatever they desire, does not mean that the original holy days float to different days every year, because they don't. God gave us his precise measurements which can be corresponded to the four seasons which are also static.
---Eloy on 12/4/10


Why do a number of Christians reject the True Biblical Holy Days and Feasts that honour the Messiah, Whom they profess to follow, and exchange them for those happy holidays that are rooted in worldly paganism?
---Gordon on 12/3/10


Why are fundagelicostals
---Cluny on 12/3/10

Please refrain from calling names. We are all one in the Body of Christ.

Your question is pertinent though and I will try to answer it.

We do not reject piety nor commanded-by-Christ rituals such as baptism and communion. However, we do reject any liturgical practice that is not Biblical (insert your own ritual here) but man-made.

Jewish ceremony and ritual many times has Jesus in it. Either Jesus lived in its culture and used it in His parables or Jesus is in it symbolically, such as the Passover Lamb. The "Jewishness" of our faith was never widely taught in Christianity until recently, largely in response to Messianic Jewish congregations.
---Mark_Eaton on 12/3/10


Read These Insightful Articles About Health Treatments


What do you think about celebrating Hanukkah?


there is nothing wrong with this celebration. It is rooted in TRUTH.

Jesus himself once went to such a feast


John 10:22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
John 10:23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.

Although it is not one of the feast sanctified by God, it is a remembrance for jewish people of what happened to their temple.

Romans 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day [alike]. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
---francis on 12/3/10


Cluny -- "traditional Christian ritual and liturgical practice" are a part of normal services in liturgical churches. Some people have other ways they wish to worship Sunday after Sunday.
Jewish holidays are just that, holidays. If someone wants to pause from their routine for a single celebration in which they find meaning...why not?
---Donna66 on 12/3/10


Question:

Why are fundagelicostals so fascinated with Jewish ceremonial and ritual and tradition (almost all of which as observed today are post-Christian), yet reject traditional Christian ritual and liturgical practice and piety?
---Cluny on 12/3/10


\\Cluny, you continue to post falsehood, because there is No Light in you.
---Eloy on 12/3/10\\

What did I say that's false, Eloy?

That the Hebrew calendar is lunar, not solar, and that the Chanukkah floats on the solar calendar? It does.

I notice, btw, that you do not actually SAY what my falsehood is. You just use your scattergun approach.
---Cluny on 12/3/10


Read These Insightful Articles About Affiliate Program


As I understand it Christ likely celebrated Hannukkah along with all of the apostles. So I think its fine if Christians want to celebrate it. It's probably more appropriate that a traditional xmas celebration.
---AG on 12/3/10


//As a matter of fact, it's going on right now.//

Yes, it started on Dec. 1 this year.

//I think Hanukkah is great.//

After all, it may be a "Jewish Holiday," but He is the same providing God. :)

//Chanukkah//

Romanized form of Hanukkah, usually spelled, Chanukah, but a minor point. :)
---Rod4Him on 12/3/10


Cluny, you continue to post falsehood, because there is No Light in you.
---Eloy on 12/3/10


\\ I believe it is the Day that the Son of GOD was conceived in the womb of His earthly mother. \\

Even though the Bible says that it was in the SIXTH month that the Annunciation took place--and the SIXTH MONTH of the Jewish year falls around mid-March.
---Cluny on 12/3/10


Read These Insightful Articles About Abortion Facts


I think Hanukkah is great. I believe it is the Day that the Son of GOD was conceived in the womb of His earthly mother. Hanukkah is the "Festival of Lights", and the Son of GOD is the Light of the World.
---Gordon on 12/2/10


\\//It was NOT a Holy day decreed by G-d.//
Probably not, but Jesus kept it. John 10:22.\\

That's debatable, but a minor point.

\\Actually, the Hanukkah menorah has 8 branches with the 9th in the middle\\

Not always. I've seen Chanukkah menoroth that have the shammas candle separate from the other eight at the end.
---Cluny on 12/2/10


Hanukkah celebrates a miracle God performed for the Jewish people. It's a worthwhile faith-building little story..
Don't see why Christians shouldn't celebrate it (or parts of it) if they want to.

Why NOT celebrate another of the mighty works of God?

Also it gives children a chance to learn a little about Juaism and relate to Jewish kids at school or elsewhere.
---Donna66 on 12/2/10


I leave that up to the Jewish people.
---candice on 12/2/10


Read These Insightful Articles About Acne Treatment


//Hanukkah is a travesty of the Jewish faith.//
How's that? I thought it is a celebration.

//It was NOT a Holy day decreed by G-d.//
Probably not, but Jesus kept it. John 10:22.

//It is NOT a Jewish holy day//
Maybe not, but they are Jewish holidays.

Actually, the Hanukkah menorah has 8 branches with the 9th in the middle.

//Not much point if you're a Christian, because it has its fulfillment in one of the traditional Holy Days of the Church--and I don't mean Nativity, either.//
Ok, I give, what is the fulfillment in the Church?

BTW, I have no dog in this fight. I'm just curious of opinions in the matter. In Jerusalem the streets are lined with Menorahs.
---Rod4Him on 12/2/10


\\ It is an 8 day Jewish holiday starting on the 25th of Chisleu (December 25),\\

Wrong.

Since the Jewish calendar is a lunar, not a solar, calendar, Chanukkah can be celebrated as early as late November.

As a matter of fact, it's going on right now.

It almost never falls around 25 December.
---Cluny on 12/2/10


Hanukkah (hb: Dedicating). Feast of Dedicating, Festival of Lights. Started by the Maccabees in 165 B.C., 4 generations before Christ was born, after their victory over the Syrians. It is an 8 day Jewish holiday starting on the 25th of Chisleu (December 25), commemorating the rededication of the Temple by Judas Maccabaeus. Happy Hanukkah displays lighting the menorah (Hb: candlebranch, < meorah, "lights"), an 8 branched candlestand with the added 8th candle used to kindle the other candle or 7 candles in the menorah, on each successive night of the festival. Remarkably, 8 score after Hanukkah began God laid the Cornerstone of The Temple, Jesus Christ the Light of the world, born on December 25.
---Eloy on 12/2/10


Hanukkah is a travesty of the Jewish faith. It was NOT a Holy day decreed by G-d.

It was established not too long ago. Dubbed The Jewish Chritmas, since they give gifts and have unbiblical trappings.

It was suppose to have been a celebration of the Maccabean revolt and the separation of Hebrew race from the defiled gentiles.

But instead it now is The Jewish Christmas and joining the Gentiles in their Pagan celebration of Christmas.

The story of the Oil(Menorah) was a myth based on Oral traditions only.

However, the story does not have anything to do with the Menorah signifcance in Judism.

It is NOT a Jewish holy day
---John on 12/2/10


Read These Insightful Articles About Bad Credit Loans


Fine if you're Jewish.

Not much point if you're a Christian, because it has its fulfillment in one of the traditional Holy Days of the Church--and I don't mean Nativity, either.

The thing is, if you celebrate Chanukkah, how do you get away from the trappings such as dreidels, latkes, gefilte fish, gelt, and giving gifts for eight days? (Haven't we seen these same objections made to celebrating Christmas?)
---Cluny on 12/2/10


Copyright© 1996-2015 ChristiaNet®. All Rights Reserved.