Article on Hanukkah

Article Concerning Hanukkah

The Soreg (Barrier ie Wall of Partition) reads


John 10:22  And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

John 10:24  Then the Jews surrounded Him [Yahshua] and said to Him, How long do you keep us in suspense? If You are the Messiah, tell us plainly.

Adapted from – ‘A Study of the Origins of the Jewish Holiday Called Hanukkah’ – A 22 page document by Lori Johnson

“So, [Yahshua] was in the Court of the Gentiles, in the area known as the Porch of Solomon, the eastern entrance to the Temple, where only proselytes and ceremonially unclean Jews would have been allowed. It should be noted that proselytes were still considered Gentiles, even though they were Jewish converts, and they were not allowed full access to the Temple. Nowhere in Torah do we see a mention of a need to separate out the stranger from the home born. The soreg is an invention of man, based on (dare I say it?) racial discrimination. Let’s look at the subsequent verse:”

“So, [Yahshua] is in the Porch of Solomon, the entrance to the Court of the Gentiles, surrounded (some translations say “encircled”) by Jews who refused to believe He was who He said He was, in the presence of those who could not “enter in” to the activity and life of the Temple, upon pain of death. Somehow, this is not a picture of celebration to me. The Jews’ intention seems to be to keep [Yahshua] out of the Temple, functioning much like the physical soreg already in place. Is this the wall, this soreg, of which Rav Shaul spoke in his letter to the assembly at Ephesus?”

{Eph 2:12  That at that time ye (Gentiles v:11) were without [Messiah], being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without [Yah] in the world:}

Eph.2:13-18 But now in [Messiah Yahshua] you who formerly were far off (held outside the temple, in the Court of the Gentiles) have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one (both Jews and Gentiles) and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall (the soreg), by abolishing in His flesh the enmity (the hatred which would put someone who passed the soreg to death), which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances (Gr. dogma, used to refer to the “traditions of the elders”), so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man (the beginning of the restoration of Judah and Ephraim as foretold in Yehezqel/Ezekiel 37:16), thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body (the bride) to Yah through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity (the hatred between brothers). AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR (Yeshayahu/Isaiah 57:18-19); for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. (NASB)

“Yes, [Yahshua] was at the temple during the Feast of Dedication. Yes, He was in the Porch of Solomon, the entryway into the Court of the Gentiles, entering in by [the] East Gate as He will enter into the Millennial Temple when He comes again to sit and rule. Perhaps, it seems, He may have been there walking and teaching, as was his way. Yes, He told the Pharisees that they were not of His flock, because they would not believe His message.”

“But no, He was not there to celebrate the Feast of Dedication. The text does not support that. Why did He go [there] at that time? What was His purpose? I believe His purpose was to make plain to anyone who would listen that He was Messiah, our Good Shepherd, the one who will lead us home. That He is one (not numerically, as so many mistake, but in unity of mind and spirit) with the Father. That He has come to give us eternal life, and no one can pluck us from His hand. Is this a message the Gentiles needed to hear?”

“Our Father’s plan has always been to bring home the lost sheep of
the House of Israel, as well as the strangers who would join themselves to Israel in the covenant. This is not a message that the religious Jews wanted to hear. It burned their ears to hear it, and they even accused [Yahshua] of having a demon, or being mad. That He was so bold [as] to come into the court with this message during one of their celebrations, well, it was just too much for them. They sought to kill Him. And eventually they succeeded.”

“Hanukkah has always been, and will always be, a celebration based on a moment in history when the Jews overthrew the Gentiles because of a clash over faith and culture. Jews have been persecuted throughout history. But unfortunately, they also have been the perpetrators of persecution. Judah Maccabee was no shepherd to his people, as [Yahshua] is a shepherd to His, though many lifted up Judah Maccabee as a type of Messiah. The spirit which led that revolt only turned into civil war that eventually led to the destruction of the Temple.”

“The message behind Hanukkah is contrary to the message of [Yahshua], which is one of uniting all the people of Yahuweh, not creating class distinctions based on physical ancestry and custom. We should question whether we should participate in something that, in effect, is an acknowledgement – indeed, a celebration – of the wall of partition
between Jews and Gentiles.”

“Many of us understand that there are pagan roots to beloved customs of the Christian faith; it is also important for us to see those same roots in the traditions of Judaism, which [Yahshua] corrected over and again. We must consider carefully and with great study, as the Bereans before us, what parts of man’s traditions are acceptable to Yahuweh and which should be avoided. We also must be very careful to consider the implications of our following such traditions, and especially the impact they have on the generation coming behind us.”

“It is my hope that the reader will be prompted to further investigate any customs and practices they have picked up along the way, measure them against the rod of the Torah, to determine whether they truly are following Torah or whether they are being drawn into another of man’s many religions.”

Adapted from – ‘A Study of the Origins of the Jewish Holiday Called Hanukkah’ – By Lori Johnson – {[Parenthetical inclusions mine]}

Christmas is a Christian mix of Half lies, a quarter error, and truth – Hanukkah is a Jewish mix of about the same ratio. Yet here is another facet I had not considered – Rededicating the Temple necessarily included rededicating the Soreg (Barrier ie Wall of Partition).

Yah’s Esteem


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