Category Archives: Judaism

The Most Amazing Hanukkah

I can honestly say that this has been the most amazing Hanukkah I have ever celebrated—and it had nothing to do with gifts.

Long-time readers will recall that 3 years ago, I mentioned my best friend’s struggle with breast cancer. Since 2015, she has been through literal hell, fighting such a horrible disease and watching her personal and professional life disintegrate because of it.

Since we live on opposite sides of the country, it has been so hard for me to support her. Yes, we talk and text daily, yet it never seems to be enough. I did go to California when she had surgery, but every day since, I have missed her and thought of her, prayed for and with her, and felt incredibly guilty I couldn’t do more.

Last Monday, I got the surprise of my life when she showed up at my door, with her kids, totally unannounced! (To me, anyway). It had all been arranged between her and my hubby, as a combo Hanukkah/birthday surprise (My B-day is 12/12). Neither one of them is good at keeping secrets, so this was a major coup!

I was so shocked to see her, literally close enough to hug, that I started to cry! The tears of joy have flowed regularly during her visit, along with tons of laughter, cooking together, shopping, some crafts, and endless good conversation. 

This is truly what life is all about—people. The people we love, being there for them, allowing them to be there for us, and sharing our lives. 

Did I intend to take an entire week off from blogging? No way! But I’m so glad I did, because I will cherish these memories forever. Currently, she is in remission, but there is no guarantee for tomorrow. No matter how much time we have, whether it’s a long life or a short one, we need to make each day count.

Too often, Hanukkah centers around lavish displays and expensive presents, rushing around, feeling overwhelmed, and not enjoying the celebration. I’ve done that in the past and it was miserable! That’s why I’m so glad that this year was different, it was all about relationships, and finding fulfillment through that. 

Gifts are great, don’t get me wrong, but things will never replace people. Family, friends, and faith should be our focus. I am so grateful to God that I have all of that in my life, and so much more. 

How Should “Hanukkah” Be Spelled?

Some of the things people debate about are pretty silly, such as how “Hanukkah” should be spelled. Yes, there are many ways, but it all means the same. Personally, I have only seen “Hanukkah” and “Chanukah” commonly used. (For what it’s worth, auto-correct will reject anything else.)

I prefer the version without a “C” because most people who aren’t Jewish don’t know that it’s silent and that makes things tricky. To keep it simple and easy to read/pronounce, the simplest version is best—Hanukkah.

 

I’d love to know how you lovely folks spell it. Leave a comment and let me know which version you like.

Chosen People’s Hanukkah Booklet is Deceptive & Offensive

Does Jesus have anything to do with Hanukkah? If your answer is 
“Of course not,” you’d be right. Unfortunately, a scam ministry called Chosen People doesn’t seem to recognize that. 

They are offering free booklets, specifically targeting the Jewish community, that pretend to be about the history and story of Hanukkah, but in reality, it’s a sham whose purpose is to encourage Jews to accept Jesus under deceptive methods. 

They even go so far as to claim: “Jewish followers of Jesus see Hanukkah as a time to celebrate another gift of God to our people (and the whole world!) –– Jesus the Jewish Messiah!”

First off, there are no Jewish followers of Jesus. Anyone who accepts Jesus as the Messiah is a Christian. Why there would be any confusion on that simple fact is beyond me. 

If someone wants to preach the gospel, they can do that, provided they are being upfront and honest about their intentions. It is incredibly offensive and unethical to targets Jews by using Hanukkah in a way that might disorient someone who isn’t knowledgeable. (It’s no coincidence that their name is “Chosen People,” a phrase that is always connected with Jews and anyone who sees it would rightfully assume its a Jewish group. They know that and are playing off it in a most disagreeable way.)

The Jewish community does not need outside intervention. We celebrate Hanukkah because it’s a Jewish holiday. It has nothing to do with Christianity, nothing to do with Jesus, and nothing to do with Chosen People ministry. 

I would never tell someone else how to worship. I would never try to change their belies. All I ask in return is the same courtesy. I’m happy to work with, and have friendship, with Christian groups and individuals, but not if their only goal is to secretly convert me!

Boundaries are a good thing and they need to be respected. Let’s all stay in our own lanes and stop trying to change others. 

Two-Faced Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Lied About BDS Support

 A newly-elected Congresswoman from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, has been exposed for being a two-faced liar

During the campaign, she met with a Jewish audience at a Minneapolis temple, claiming that BDS “stops the dialogue” and is “counteractive.” After being elected, she changed her tune completely, stating that she “believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized.”

This is the worst sort of fraud that can exist. BDS, which stands for Boycott, Divest, and Sanction, is a policy specifically designed to target Israel and bankrupt the country. Only the worst type of anti-Semites support it. 

Of course, Congresswoman Omar is a fanatical Somali Muslim who has never been a friend of Israel or the Jewish community. In 2012, she famously tweeted that “Israel hypnotized the world” and it engages in “evil doing.”

In addition to hating Israel, she has nothing but criticism for America, the country which was willing to accept her as a refugee. She has denounced Capitalism, Democracy, and the American way of life, and is pushing for a radical agenda that promotes Socialism. 

It’s hard to believe such an unqualified, unlikable person could ever be elected. What a tragedy for the good people of Minnesota, that they fell for her lies. Just sickening!