———— December 16, 2014 ————

The Hanukkah Connection

So I learned something new last year… and really liked it.  So I wanted to share it again, this year.

We all know that the belief is that Rosh Ha’Shana is the ‘birthday of the world’.  But if the world was created in seven days, then which day is Rosh Ha’Shana?  Turns out that Elul 25 is the FIRST day of creation, when the Word said, “Let there be Light!” and there was light.  Rosh Ha’Shana, itself, is the day that humankind was created (and the second day of Rosh Ha’Shana is the Sabbath rest).  So when they say ‘it’s the birthday of the world’, they’re talking the ‘For God so loved the World’ kind of world.  World of people.

I didn’t KNOW that!!

But then, I was reading this week, and one of my Jewish daily visits posted even MORE on this… and what he wrote totally took my breath away.  It was super, uber, mega long, but here’s an excerpt from it:

Chanukkah is always on the 25th of Kislev, just as the first day of creation was on the 25th of Elul.  And there is a direct connection between these two dates in the Torah, because the 25th word of the Torah is the first mention of the word Ohr (light) which was one of the creations of the first day of Creation, and this hints to Chanukkah because it was the lighting of the Menorah in the Temple after an absence due to the Syrian-Greeks who attempted to get rid of Judaism that caused this holiday to come into fruition.

This explains why the dates of Chanukkah in terms of the date numbers closely resemble those of the week of Creation.  For in fact, Chanukkah celebrates the freedom of observing the Torah, and in the context of the story of Chanukkah, most especially in the Temple, the holiest area in the world, the connection between this physical world and the totally spiritual world of Heaven.

Oh, wOw!  So BOTH of them are seven-day events, both of them start on the 25th of the month, and both of them involve light.  I wonder if there are other correlations that I *don’t* know about, between the two!  Because… that’s pretty amazing.  Anyhow, I just had to share.

 

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