Happy Hanukkah! 5 Points to SHARE about the Jewish Festival of Lights Links to Catholicism - VIDEO

December 18, 2022 begins the celebration of Hanukkah. It lasts until December 26th and is celebrated by Jews but also many Christians. Here are 5 points to share about Hanukkah: (Also SEE Video below for more)
 1. Jesus celebrated Hanukkah or Chanukah (John 10:22) “It was the feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.” Hanukkah was known as the Festival of Lights, it was known as the Feast of Dedication (1 Macc. 4:59)
2. Hanukkah is based on the Jewish story from 1 Maccabees
3. It is a Jewish festival remembering the recovery of Jerusalem and following rededication of the Second Temple at the beginning of the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BC.
4. Hanukkah is celebrated for eight nights and days, beginning on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December. The word "Hanukkah" derives from the Hebrew verb "חנך‎", meaning "to dedicate."
5. Hanukkah is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine sections, known as a menorah or hanukkiah. One section is typically placed above or below the others and its candle is used to light the other eight candles. This singular candle is called the shamash (Hebrew: שַׁמָּשׁ‎, "attendant"). Every night, one additional candle is lit by the shamash until all eight candles are lit together on the final night of the festival.
Traditionally in Hebrew (transliterated) Recite or Sing these blessings as you light the Hanukkiyah each night during Hanukkah: 
1. Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, asher kid’shanu b-mitzvotav, v-tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Hanukkah. 
Blessed are you, Our God, Ruler of the Universe, who makes us holy through Your commandments, and commands us to light the Hanukkah lights. 
2. Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, she-asah nisim la-avoteinu v-imoteinu ba- yamim ha-heim ba-z’man ha-zeh. 
Blessed are you, Our God, Ruler of the Universe, who performed miracles for our ancestors in their days at this season. 
On the first night of Hanukkah add this blessing: Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, shehecheyanu v-ki’y’manu v-higianu la-z’man ha-zeh. 
Blessed are you, Our God, Ruler of the Universe, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season.
Al Ha’Nisim is a short prayer of thanksgiving that is meant to express God’s role in the miracle of Hanukkah. Sing or read the following version of the prayer:
Al ha’nisim, v’al ha’purkan, v’al ha’g’vurot, ve’al ha’teshuot ve’al ha’milchamot she’asita l’avoteinu ba’yamim ha’heim ba’z’man ha’zeh. Thank You for the miracles, for rescuing us, for the courageous acts you performed, for saving us, and for the battles you waged—in defense of our ancestors and at this season.

Here are some traditional Recipes for Hanukkah from latkes to applesauce, jelly doughnuts and more recipes for all tastes. https://www.chabad.org/recipes/recipe_cdo/aid/454611/jewish/Chanukah-Recipes.htm
Watch this Video Explaining Rosh Hashanah and the Jewish Roots of Catholicism: