The 8-day Jewish celebration of Hanukkah commenced at sundown last Sunday evening, thus we’re a few days into the celebration. For Jews it is a very joyous time of year, filled with gift-giving, merriment and lots of sufganiyot, making each Jewish market appear to be the biggest jelly doughnut factory on planet earth! Oh, how they love their sufganiyot! (Trust me, there is plenty to love. They are delicious!)
Though not one of the seven major Jewish feasts, Hanukkah (Feast of Dedication) does carry some Biblical significance since, according to John 10, we know Jesus and his family went to Jerusalem to celebrate. Interestingly, in the two preceding chapters of John (8-9), we find Jesus declaring Himself to be the Light of the world! Coincidence? I don’t think so! I believe Jesus knew full well in making that declaration that the lights would come on once the feast began!
This is a fantastic time to reach out to Jewish friends with gifts and kind words, as you wish them Happy Hanukkah! Perhaps they will invite you to share sufganiyot!