Hanukkah or Chanukah is a wonderful exta-biblical feast. It was not commanded by G-d to Israel and the story of Hanukkah is not found in the Bible because it happened after the cannon of the Hebrew Bible or Tanakh had been settled. So why do Jews celebrate it? Why should Christians? Why do I celebrate Hanukkah? In short because HaShem worked through the events of Chanukah to set the stage for Messiah’s redemptive work. The heroes of Hanukkah are amazing people and the miracles G-d did through them are worthy of celebration.
Chanukah is a celebration of proverbial light in darkness. Chanukah is about holding fast to G-d during the darkest times and trusting that He will be with you even when the whole world is against you. It is beautiful and meaningful and you will benefit from learning about it and participating in it.
If you still aren’t convinced, start with my 8 Reasons to Celebrate Hanukkah.
If you want to really be convinced then I encourage you to do a deep dive and listen to hours and hours of the various Books of Maccabees, learn about the historical figures of the story and look at the Hanukkah in the context of Christmas as well. You can find all that in the Guide to Hanukkah playlist.
From FFOZ: Five Reasons To Celebrate Hanukkah
From Chabad: Chanukah – Hanukkah 2021
Weekly Readings and Study + Daily Devotions
A brief word on Genesis chapter 9
Divine Law is meant to bless us with abundant, happy lives when we live by it.
A brief word on Genesis chapter 8.
Did the Almighty forgoet Noah?
Remember Eleazer the Scribe from 2 Maccabees 6 who refused to eat unclean meat.