Celebrate God's Love - Hanukkah and Christmas-Fact and Fiction
"I hate this time of year!"
"Me, too," her friend replied as they walked into the synagogue. "I hate having Christmas shoved down my throat."
I knew exactly how the two women felt. I'd felt that same way. Every December, the entire world seemed to separate between Christians and Jews. As for me and my house, we felt isolated and rejected, as though we hadn't been invited to a wonderful party.
It didn't matter to me that we didn't believe in Jesus. I wanted what Christmas seemed to be: family, fun, and PRESENTS!
My family succumbed to my pleadings and we "did" Christmas. Of course, the tree was crowned with a Jewish star to identify it as a Hanukkah bush.
Eventually, however, we stopped the charade. Hanukkah was our holiday. I just didn't know too much about it.
I thought Hanukkah was about Judas Macabee, the temple, and some oil. But now I know it's much more than that. Hanukkah is about God's blessing upon a faithful remnant that would not compromise its faith.
- God is Love
- The Hanukkah Christmas Connection
- The Beginning of the Gospel about Yeshua (Jesus)
- The Incarnation
- Jesus and Hanukkah
- A partial list of prophecies concerning Yeshua (Jesus)
Written by Joan Lipis.
Joan Lipis is a Jewish believer living in Israel. Author of Celebrate Jesus! and Celebrate Passover, she now introduces you to the miraculous incarnation of Jesus shining through Hanukkah, Celebrate the Lamb. Joan grew up in a reform (liberal) Jewish home. In her late twenties, she began a search for a greater knowledge of God and an understanding of what it meant to be Jewish. Her search ended at the cross of Christ.