Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus [Yeshua] walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ [Messiah], tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.” John 10:22-30
This account took place when Yeshua (Jesus) was in Jerusalem for the Feast of Dedication, also known as the Feast of Lights, Chanukah, or Hanukkah. This feast is celebrated as an observance of the rededication of the Temple after the Maccabean Revolt.
Today, Hanukkah is celebrated in many ways with different traditions all around the world. Some which include exchanging gifts, eating fried donuts, and playing with a dreidel.
Here are three things to do to celebrate Hanukkah:
1. Light the menorah
Hanukkah is called the Feast of Lights because of the story of the oil lamp in the Temple which was found burning for eight days but only had enough oil for one day. The lighting of the menorah symbolizes the burning of the oil.
2. Read the Maccabees
The story of Hanukkah is told in the First and Second Maccabees. The Maccabees are the oldest account of the revolt which led to the celebrating of this feast.
3. Eat latkes
Latkes are simply potato pancakes fried in oil. Because of the story of the oil lamp, many eat fried foods during Hanukkah. Fried foods, like latkes and donuts, are fried in hot oil—a symbol of the burning oil lamp.