A three-in-one festival
January 26, 2018
Author: David Brickner

A three-in-one festival You probably know that November 28 is Thanksgiving… but did you know it is also the first day (and second night) of Hanukkah? These two holidays coincided only once before (125 years ago). And they will not do so again until the year...

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Small church, big ministry
January 18, 2017
Topics: hanukkah, repentance
Author: Jews for Jesus

Mikhail Vayshengolts reports from Tel Aviv, “The small church I attend asked me to speak at our evangelistic Christmas service for Russian-speakers. My topic was ‘Christmas is a Jewish holiday.’ At the end of the service three people prayed the Sinner’s Prayer....

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A Jewish watchmaker realizes it’s time to think about Jesus
January 5, 2017
Topics: hanukkah
Author: Jews for Jesus

What are the chances that, of all the people at a crowded Moscow subway station, our evangelist would stop this particular man as he was passing by?

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Hanukkah’s Historical Dilemma
Author: Stan Meyer

The Hebrew Scriptures predicted the specific events of the Hanukkah story hundreds of years before they occurred.

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The Hanukkah/Christmas Connection
Author: Diane Halm

Some years Hanukkah and Christmas collide. But what is the spiritual connection between the two holidays?

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The Hanukkah-Thanksgiving Connection: Who Knew?
Author: Hannah Fenn

The Hanukkah-Thanksgiving Connection: Who Knew? Picture this. You and your extended family – aunts, uncles, cousins, parents and grandparents – are gathered for a meal. The table is beautifully set, and a huge feast has been prepared. Many wonderful smells...

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The Mathematics of the Holiday Collision
Author: Jews for Jesus

The Mathematics of the Holiday Collision Hanukkah 2013 was quite literally a once-in-a-lifetime event. That’s because the first night of Hanukkah, November 27, will fall the night before Thanksgiving. So the first day of Hanukkah will fall on Thanksgiving Day....

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Who is the Shammash?
November 30, 2012
Author: David Brickner

Shammash is a Hebrew word that means servant. In the Jewish community, shammash (also spelled “shammas”) commonly refers to the sexton—the person who manages the synagogue facilities and keeps things running smoothly. In the Middle Ages the term referenced a more...

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Light in the Darkness
December 1, 2011
Author: Jews for Jesus

As David mentioned, one way that we deal with the Christ-less Christmas culture around us is to step up efforts to engage people in meaningful conversations about Jesus. That includes extra sorties (tract-passing expeditions). In Russia and Ukraine, our evangelists...

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Festivals of Light
December 1, 2009
Author: David Brickner

December’s landscape is dominated by the artistry of light. In cities and suburbs, from store windows to neighborhoods strung with holiday decor, the beauty and attraction of light is wonderfully inescapable, inviting all to embrace the festive mood. Would that...

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Tough Jews: Hanukkah, Heroism and the Identity of the Messiah
Author: Rich Robinson

There is more than one way to view strength when it comes to the Jewish people and the Jewish Messiah.

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The BYG Pic
December 1, 2002
Topics: christmas, hanukkah
Author: Jews for Jesus

In case you are new to Jews for Jesus, Operation Behold Your God is our five-year dream of reaching every city* of 25,000 or more Jewish people (*outside of Israel, where we do have a flourishing work). Our month-long Los Angeles BYG campaign will run from December...

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Christmas Would Be Impossible Without Hanukkah
Topics: christmas, hanukkah
Author: David Brickner

Find out why without Hanukkah, there would be no Christmas.

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Sometimes You Just Go On
December 1, 2001
Topics: hanukkah
Author: Lyn Bond

Behold Your God Chicago was in its fourth and final week when it happened. Teams of people were handing out gospel tracts on the streets even as the World Trade Center was hit. I was home when it happened, getting ready to go and visit two women for individual Bible...

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The BYG Pic
December 1, 2000
Topics: hanukkah
Author: Jews for Jesus

News flash: We recently came across an article stating that the Jewish population of Portland, Oregon has grown to 25,000. If you saw our special October newsletter you know that 25,000 is the exact number that qualifies a city for Operation Behold Your God....

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Messianically-Correct Candle Blessings
Topics: hanukkah
Author: Loren Jacobs

While God has never commanded us to light the Hanukkah candles, our Jewish tradition beckons us to do so. Written here are some blessings we use with our own family at home, as well as with our congregational family, Shema Israel Congregation in Detroit. The first...

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Celebrations of Light
Topics: poetry, hanukkah
Author: Janna Sanders

In the beginning the world was in darkness God speaking, the Spirit moving let there be light we remember the miracle God’s wondrous act. The temple in darkness desecrated, defiled, a small band of warriors, the victory won, we remember the miracle God’s...

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A Message from Moishe: God Wants us to Rejoice But…
December 1, 1997
Topics: hanukkah
Author: Moishe Rosen

God wants us to rejoice every day, but often we find ourselves rejoicing more when we celebrate particular holidays or life events. While there is nothing wrong with using particular occasions as a time to rejoice, I think we need to be careful how we celebrate. Too...

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