Friday, December 11, 2009

Night 1 - Eight Nights of Lights 2009

Shabat Shalom!!! Happy Hanukkah!

On this first night of Hanukkah, it's important to tell the story of why this holiday is celebrated. It was a great battle. It was a great victory. There was oil to keep a light burning for a single night. The miracle is that the oil lasted for 8 nights. A great miracle indeed.

It's important to know how to celebrate this holiday. It's the Festival of Lights. It's the Feast of Dedication. For He is the Light of the World.

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner Chanukah.

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-te-nu ba-ya-mim ha-hem bi-z'man ha-zeh.

[Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.]

On the first night only, add this blessing:

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam she-heche-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh.

[Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.]

Oh what fun have I been having! Tonight's video - how to watercolor paint on copper! It' so easy! And while I try to keep these 8 nights all about torch tonight will represent His light!

So, why Hanukkah if I'm not Jewish? Well, the word Hanukkah is Hebrew for "dedication". The festival of lights is held to celebrate the miracle of the oil lamps.....but it is also a celebration of the determination of a people to defend their right to worship in their own way without interfence. I simply stand in solidarity with them.

The feast of Dedication is referenced in Daniel 11:31 and John 10:22. But the story is told in 1 Macc 4:52-59.

Here's to the first of 8 nights of creative videos...and maybe a little more knowledge about Hanukkah.

1 comment:

Neet said...

Beautiful butterflies and your Minorah looks fantastic with the candles on.