Some of you may have noticed that Chanukah is spelled in different ways. You may see it spelled: Hanukkah, Chanukah, Hanukah, or Chanuka. Don't let the spelling confuse you. We are still speaking about the Feast of Dedication.
Bonnie Wills has prepared a study on Chanukah, which gives you the background of this celebration and why we as believers should celebrate it. To view the study in pdf format click on the Chanukah menorah below.
Hanukkah, The Feast of Dedication by Bonnie Wills
We highly reccommend the book Light in The Darkness, Hanukkah and the Disciples of Yeshua. This book is published by FFOZ, First Fruits of Zion. It includes the Hanukkah story with excerpts from the book of Maccabees, an anthology of Hanukkah articles, a prophetic Bible study on the book of Daniel and the abomination of desolation, step by step instructions for celebrating Hanukkah, games, recipes, and crafts. This is an excellent book, whether it's your first Hanukkah, or twentieth. FFOZ also is offerring this book along with the seminar on DVD entitled The Last days, Hanukkah and the Rise of the AntiChrist. The DVD is 3.5 hours. Both of these items can be purchased at First Fruits of Zion.
An excellent website to learn about Chanukah, and also how to celebrate the holiday, is Aish.com. The site has all the information you need: a how-to section, insightful articles, craft ideas, games, coloring, stories, etc. Click here to go to Aish.com's Chanukah section.
Yeshuat Yisrael A nice Chanukah page with the Chanukah story, driedal games, the blessings when lighting the Chanukah candles, recipes. (added 12/05/06)
What do I need?
To have a traditional Chanukah celebration you will need a nine branch menorah, and a set of Chanukah candles. Some of the resources I have listed above will have instructions on how to light the menorah.
Where do I get it?
If you do not have a Judaica store in your area, or other store with a "Kosher" section, then you will have to purchase online. I have purchased in the past from JewishStore.com They are dependable and their prices are reasonable. I also highly recommend Cassia Gifts, www.cassiagifts.com (Messianic). Listed below are other suppliers I have occasionally purchased from and have never had a problem.
Hoshana Rabbah, a messianic website, has a put together a very nice Messianic candle lighting ceremony for Chanukah. You can access it on the Internet here: Messianic Candle Lighting Ceremony. It is in pdf format and you can download it to your computer and print as many copies as you need.
Aish.com and Chabad.org both have large Chanukah pages with recipes, activities for children, stories, and animated demonstrations on how to light the Chanukah menorah.
Of course no celebration would be complete without food! Visit our Winter 2008 issue where Amanda has put together some great dishes for your celebration. We have also listed a few sites below that have Chaukah recipes.
Listen to me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek Yahweh: look to the rock whence you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence you were dug. Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for when he was but one I called him, and I blessed him, and made him many.