A three-in-one festival
January 26, 2018

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 79,811[1] but I think the Messiah will return well before then!…

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Small church, big ministry
January 18, 2017

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. “The first was Maya, who, a few days earlier, had been to our…

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

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
November 9, 2016
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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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: Heshie’s Dream
Author: Susan Perlman

Heshie thought it was a waste of time to study the Holy Book. Until he was transported to the time of Judah the Maccabee…

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The Hanukkah-Thanksgiving Connection: Who Knew?
October 23, 2013
Author: Hannah Fenn

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 mix in the air. Everyone is eager to eat. The dining room has been decorated with bright, fall-colored leaves and…

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The Mathematics of the Holiday Collision
Topics: hanukkah

Hanukkah 2013 will be 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. And it won’t happen again until the year 79,811![1] Thanksgiving was formally established by President Lincoln in 1863 as the…

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Without the Faith to Fuel, the Holidays Fizzle
December 11, 2012
Topics: hanukkah

Garland. Menorahs. Tinsel. Dreidels. It’s the start of the holiday season and New York City is dressed accordingly. Along with the the crisp aroma of impending snow and icy air comes the smells of latkes and lamb, candy canes and honeyed ham. The Big Apple is home to over eight million inhabitants, many of which…

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Who is the Shammash?
November 30, 2012

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 prestigious position. The shammash helped to conduct prayer, lead the worship services and even…

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Hanukkah Quiz
November 24, 2012

Why are there so many ways to spell this holiday (Chanukah, Hanukkah, Hannuka, and that’s just for starters)? When the Temple was destroyed, all the genealogical records were lost, so each tribe of Israel chose a way to spell the holiday; that way, generations later, the different tribes of Israel would be able to identify…

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Missiles, Messiahs and Maccabees
November 20, 2012
Author: Rich Robinson

A Hanukkah Meditation It’s Almost Hanukkah Hanukkah will soon be arriving (December 8, 2012 to be exact). The erev of the holiday falls on the night of December 7 — which happens to be the “date that will live in infamy” when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Which brings me to another possible war, the escalating…

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Light in the Darkness
December 1, 2011

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 usually conduct what they refer to as mini-Hanukkah campaigns. Last year they named their special…

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Christmas Past and Present
December 1, 2010

Our print newsletter is edited well in advance, so the seasonal stories tend to be from the previous years—but be encouraged for Christmases past and know that stories just like these are presently unfolding in Jews for Jesus branches around the world! San Francisco Rob Wertheim, who heads up our evangelism in the City by…

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November 10, 2010

It’s always interesting to watch the range of expressions that flash across a person’s face when they hear that I am a “Messianic Jew.” Sometimes, I try to clarify: “I’m Jewish, and a Christian.” This doesn’t seem to help. They wonder if I’m a mutt, some strange crossbreed of two animals that shouldn’t reproduce. That is usually how the conversation begins… “

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Festivals of Light
December 1, 2009

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 those lights might point beyond their own beauty to the deeper significance found in God,…

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Meet Our Trainees!
November 28, 2008
Topics: hanukkah

Deb Dubin, was raised in a secular Jewish home on Long Island where she attended Hebrew school for ten years. When she was seven, Deb went with a friend to church. This raised a question in her mind: why was there a different God for the Gentiles than for the Jews? Thus began what turned…

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Bits from the Branches
January 1, 2007

Montreal Karl deSouza reports, “I was handing out tracts with a volunteer at a subway stop when a Jewish man took exception to my ‘Jews for Jesus’ Tshirt. He turned out to be a rabbi who claimed that I was not Jewish because of my faith in Jesus and that I was destroying the Jewish…

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Jewish Facts Of Life
December 1, 2006

Hanukkah begins at sundown December 15 and lasts for eight days. It’s a great time for you to send holiday greetings to your Jewish friends. We have free ecards to help you do just that. We also have a downloadable Hanukkah broadside that you can photocopy and distribute, and a link to David Brickner’s Hanukkah…

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Did you know that Christmas can be a very lonely time for us Jewish people? All the advertisements, shopping, decorations and caroling remind us that we live in lands whose cultures are not our own. And so, as we watch our non-Jewish friends and neighbors immerse themselves in all the customs and traditions of Christmas,…

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News Flash: Driving to the Mall Driving Shoppers Crazy
November 29, 2006

Hate scouring for parking space? Languishing on lines? Getting crushed in the crowds? That’s what it takes to give and receive holiday presents. Maybe this year, you’d like to receive some Christmas or Hanukkah “presence” instead. Download our PDF to find out more. For printing and distribution, download this PDF.

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Chanukah and the Moshiach
May 15, 2006
Topics: hanukkah
Author: Stephen Katz

Chanukah is about many things, but central to the holiday is how Hashem preserved the Jewish people, both physically and spiritually. Antiochus, returning from Roman humiliation in Egypt and hearing that the Jews in Jerusalem had rebelled against the high priest Menelaus (who pushed for assimilation and collaborated with Antiochus), ordered his troops to crack…

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Christmas and Hanukkah on the Same Day
December 1, 2005
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Bits from the Branches
January 1, 2005

Boston Nici Smith reports, We had a wonderful debate between Dr. Michael Brown, one of the foremost apologists in the Messianic movement, and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a well known countermissionary. Originally we planned to have the debate on the campus at Boston University, but as the time for the debate approached, authorities yielded to pressure…

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Tough Jews: Hanukkah, Heroism and the Identity of the Messiah
December 10, 2004
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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Hanukkah Highlights
December 1, 2004
Topics: hanukkah

Last month’s Real Time mentioned Hanukkah and suggested that you send Jewish friends a holiday greeting. Hanukkah ended Tuesday night, December 14. Several of our branches planned Hanukkah events for local Jewish believers to celebrate together, and also for inquirers to come and investigate. Here are highlights from a few of last week’s gatherings: Boston…

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