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After listening to this teaching, I understand the celebrating of Chanukkah as a remembrance of the temple being dedicated after being desecrated. Scripture clearly states that they were to celebrate this time as Sukkot since they couldn’t celebrate on the actual days of Sukkot due to the desecration, which scripture clarifies that this may be done for uncleanness to celebrate the following month. This is a man made tradition, which I thought we were not to follow. Also, the “theory” of the oil lasting 8 days wasn’t mentioned at all in Macabbees, which one would think would have been something to most definitely talk about! This “miracle” was not written about until a couple of hundred years later, I believe. Having a difficult time with this. Since being led to come into Torah in 2009, I have vacillated back and forth with Chanukkah….to celebrate or not to celebrate! So, I now rededicate myself, since my body is a temple and I have done away with the hannukiah and just light the menorah.
I’m afraid this is the reality for most of the Bible. Nothing is static and we are far from understanding a good deal of it. I have discovered most of the parables were based on ceremonies concerning the High Priest. We simply don’t have a clue today. Of course this doesn’t mean we can’t receive truth and draw meaning from the Word and grow and change. But we really are missing a lot. Personally I don’t worry much about it. I recognize it for what it is – a tradition that I enjoy celebrating with my family and my community and I remain open to His spiritual truth that will transform me.
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