This was it! The first Hanukkah ever! it was so exciting for sun down to come to light the shamash, then to lower and bow the shamash to light the first candle and say the prayer. My roommate was with me and celebrated along with me.
It is so beautiful.
Instead of Christmas things, i handed this out to everyone this year, a few days before the start of Hanukkah:
After returning from Israel i started digging into Jewish roots to understand the Bible through Jewish eyes, heart and mind, as Yeshua (Jesus) would have viewed it. In light of that background, i decided to celebrate Hanukkah, as it represents a time of dedication, standing against being assimilated with worldly ways, and dedicating your life for service to others. I’m giving you a shammash (the middle candle below),or servant candle, which is used to light all of the other candles.
As all Jewish celebrations point to Jesus, the annointed one - Messiah (Yeshua HaMashiach), we see a snapshot of Jesus in the shammash. He’s set apart, higher than all, and holy, yet He stooped down from glory to serve us and give His life, so that we could be lit up with the light of His life! As the wicks of the candles are ready, our hearts know that He desires to faithfully give us light! So, just as Hanukkah is about the dedication of the second temple after it was restored, may you, God’s newest Temple where His Holy Spirit dwells inside, be set ablaze with His light, and once again be dedicated to Him for this next year! יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהוָה וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ יָאֵר יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָּ יִשָּׂא יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם
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"The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD shine his face upon you and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up his face upon you and give you his peace." (Num. 6:24-26)