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Haggai, Hebrews, and Hanukkah

As I was growing up Hanukkah was the most important holiday for me. Today I credit it with keeping me within the religious Jewish fold, propelling me to want to grow in my Judaism and not fall into the Jewish secularism of nearly my entire extended family. […]

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Hanukkah and the Birth Pains of Messiah

Yeshua of Nazareth taught his disciples that the story of Hanukkah was destined to repeat itself in the future. He warned them that a new tyrant would arise and place a new abomination of desolation in the holy place, just as Antiochus (IV) Epiphanes had done in […]

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Hanukkah and the Abomination of Desolation

There’s a lot more going on in the Hanukkah story than just candles, dreidels, and potato latkes. The story of Hanukkah annually reminds us of the ongoing spiritual war against God’s people, the threat of religious persecution, and the heroic sacrifices of those who have laid down […]

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