Chanukah is typically called the Festival of Lights because it commemorates the miracle of one days worth of oil burning for eight days after the temple was taken back from the Greeks. However, the literal meaning of the Hebrew word Chanukah is dedication.

This is important to understand. As wonderful as the miracle of the oil was/is, the greater miracle is that the Jewish people have never been totally assimilated into other cultures. Chanukah is about the rededication of the temple to the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It is about the rededication of the nation of Israel…of the Jewish people…from Hellenism back to the Creator.

So, what can it mean for us? How about the rededicating of our own hearts to G-d. We stray so often, whether just in our thoughts and our attitudes or even up to outright actions. We need to be rededicating ourselves every day to our Creator and this Festival of Dedication is a good time to really remind ourselves of that and to take a serious look at how well we have been doing it for the past year.

There is a beautiful song written by Marty Goetz that speaks to this very issue. You can find it here:

We hope you have a very blessed Chanukah!


About Abigail

I am a woman who loves life and loves to see others love life, too. I love and serve the Creator, the God of the Bible...the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Because of what the Creator has done in my life, I am here to help others now. I hope we can journey together!
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