Day: 22. December 2016

Feast of Hanukkah and Christmas

“We can celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas with the Jews the light of God and wish that it will illuminate the world with true joy and hope” On December 1st and 7th, our classes with Sr. Anne Catherine discussed about Hanukkah and Christmas. Do these two celebrations have any correlation with one another? We discussed this question by examining the celebration of Hanukkah, which is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated also in December and which actually will happen this year on the same date as Christmas. We looked at the background of both of these celebrations by readings some Scripture texts of the Old Testament and New Testament. In the readings from 1 Maccabee 4: 36-56 and 2 Maccabee 10: 1-8, the festival of Hanukkah was instituted by Judah Maccabee and his brothers to celebrate this event. According to the Talmud, at the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem following the victory of the Maccabees over the Seleucid Empire, there was only enough oil to light the menorah in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, …