To all my Jewish friends, Happy Channukah beginning today at sundown. May G-D bless you during this Festival of Lights.
In Israel, the menorahs are all outside as the commandment requires. For my non-Jewish readers (the majority of readers, I assume), the reason that Jews began lighting menorahs inside homes was because of persecution in the Diaspora. Sadly, once Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire (an imperial religion is a distortion of Christianity of heretical proportions–now lasting 16 centuries), much of that persecution came from Christians.
So, I always see Channukah as a reminder of the repentance that the majority of churches still need–repentance from anti-semitism and anti-Jewish supercessionist theologies. Even as we prepare for Christmas this last Sunday of Advent, I hope we will ask G-D for forgiveness for Christian anti-Judaic heretical theologies and centuries of anti-Semitic persecution and work to correct these things in our lives and churches. I hope one day all menorahs can be outside the houses because Jews all over the world will have no fear of open celebration. Amen.
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