And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain. (Isa 4:6)

Monday, November 22, 2010

New Menorah for Our New Home

This is our new Menorah, for Chanukah it is called a Chanukiah and has 9 branches, 1 for each of the 8 days and the Shamash or servant candle used to light the others.
I just ordered it and it should be here by chanukkah. The Menorah in the Holy Temple was a 7 branch Menorah but for Chanukah you need a candle for each night. Somewhere up on the roof of the RV is our old Chanukiah, and all the other supplies but unfortunately I did not apparently pack them in an easy place to get to. Thats ok because we wanted a new one and usually we each light one. The festival of Chanukah is about standing for Torah no matter the cost, it is about rededication, it is a remembrance of the battle between the Maccabees and greeks to save the Temple that had been defiled by Antiochus "Epiphanes", who declared he was god and  walked into the Temple  and sacrificed swine on Hashem's Holy alter. He persecuted the Jews and forbid them to keep Torah. Many Jews died while refusing to eat swine flesh. The Maccabees fought and regained the Temple, and cleansed it, rededicating it, cleansing all the Holy utensils and relighting the Menorahs. A Talmudic story tells us that upon attempting to relight the Menorahs they only found one small vile of oil and Hasehm performed a miracle allowing the oil to last eight days to cleanse the Temple of defilement. Chanukah was celebrated for eight days in booths the first year and then later as a remembrance in the home. We spend this time dedicating ourselves to Hashem and His Torah, reading the books of Maccabees, praying against Jewish persecution and antisemitism, and playing dreidel and exchanging and eating gelt. (chocolate coin candy). Chanukah is also a picture of the abomination of desolation and the end times to come.
An article I recommend on Chanukah: Philosophy, the Culture War and Hanukkah
May you be blessed to see the glory from the Light of the World this season.

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