Much more than the “Jewish alternative” to Christmas, Hanukkah, which means “dedication”, recalls a dark time in the history of our Jewish people, and our miraculous deliverance from that darkness. This eight-day holiday commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the army of Antiochus Epiphanes, a time when God preserved and protected his people through the heroic act of a small band of Jewish guerilla fighters.
It’s also a time to light the menorah (also called a hanukkiah), give gifts, sing songs and celebrate how God saved our people from destruction. For those of us who are Jewish believers in Jesus, the “festival of lights” reminds us that the spiritual deliverance we have is through Yeshua— the one who called himself “the Light of the world.”
Check out the features in this section to learn more.
- Hanukkah: Is It Really a Minor Festival? by Susan Perlman
- The Light of Two Faiths by Susan Perlman
- Tough Jews: Hanukkah, Heroism and the Identity of the Messiah by Rich Robinson
- Frieda Zuckerman’s Christmas by Frieda Zuckerman
Watch some Hanukkah Videos
Kosher Joe Chrismukkah
Hanukkah in 60 Seconds