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SERMON: What Chanukah Means to Christians…and what Christmas Means to Jews

December 28, 2016

It’s beginning to look a lot like ____________. You fill in the blank! Tonight, Jews usher in Chanukah and Christians usher in Christmas. That has only happened four times in the last 100 years! It’s good when it happens because things seem to be easier and work out better when these two holidays come out at the same time. The children in our day school can be told they have no school during the last week in December because it’s Chanukah. We are singing when Christians are singing. We are giving gifts when they are giving gifts. We can celebrate when they are celebrating!

That is the good side of when the two holidays come out at the same time. The flip side is that when they come together people tend to mix them up, thinking that they are both basically the same. I remember once reading of a service available for Jewish children at this time of year to write Bubbie and Zaide in the North Pole asking for Chanukah presents! Why Bubbie and Zaide are in the North Pole and not Miami Beach at this time of year is beyond me! The fact is, while Chanukah and Christmas are very different, Chanukah does have a unique meaning to Christians … while Christmas, over the centuries, had a special meaning for Jews. READ MORE

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