Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. The coinciding secular dates for this year are December 12-20.
The first candle of the menorah is lit at nightfall this Tuesday. Hanukkah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers, and fried foods.
The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication,” and is thus named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple.
Each day during Hanukkah I will post a spiritual insight into this Jewish festival. I am doing this to show my solidarity with the nation of Israel and to encourage Christians everywhere to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.