Happy Hanukkah!


A Hanukkah menorah


Today is a rarity.  It marks both the American holiday of Thanksgiving and the first day of the venerable Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.  (Accordingly, some wags have named 28 November 2013 “Thanksgivukkah.”)  The conjunction of the two holidays won’t occur again, I’m told, for roughly 79,000 years.


Here’s some simple, basic information about the origin and observance of the Jewish “Festival of Lights,” as Hanukkah is sometimes called.


I don’t know whether I have any regular Jewish readers out there, but, just in case, I wish them a very sincere Happy Hanukkah.


But, for that matter, I see no reason why Christians shouldn’t celebrate Hanukkah.  And that goes particularly for Latter-day Saint Christians, with their special focus on the temple.  There’s much to reflect upon and to consider in the event that Hanukkah commemorates, and, of course, in the temple itself.


The Bountiful Utah Temple
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(Click to enlarge. Click again to enlarge still further.)


Posted from Bountiful, Utah



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  • Robyn Ausseresses Amis

    I have a beautiful mother of pearl temple menorah that we are using this holiday season. Usually I set it out on Sat. evening until Sunday evening for the sabbath. My husband and I are in complete agreement with you on this point.

    • DanielPeterson

      Glad to hear it.

      Meaning the practice, not the agreement — though that’s welcome too, of course.