Estacada fellowship celebrates Hanukkah
Faith will shine brightly at an upcoming event in Estacada.
Members of the Yedidei Adonai Messianic Jewish Fellowship will host a ceremony of lights at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at Harvest Market Square, 280 N. Broadway St.
"The ceremony of lights is what Hanukkah is about," said Rabbi Gabriel Lumbroso.
Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabean Revolt against the Greek Seleucid Empire, which had been occupying the area. During this time, the Jewish people were forbidden to practice their religion.
Inside the temple was a candelabra that was supposed to remain burning at all times. However, because of the occupation there was only enough oil to light the candles for a single day. Despite a limited supply of oil, the candle's flames remained lit for eight days, which provided enough time to acquire a fresh supply of oil.
"We remember the miracle of the lights staying on for eight days," Lumbroso said, explaining the ceremony of lights.
Today, Hanukkah is observed for eight nights by lighting the menorah, which will happen during the Estacada event on Sunday, Dec. 29.
Lumbroso is looking forward to the ceremony.
"I appreciate the idea behind it, and that the freedom to follow God is something inherent," Lumbroso said. "Hanukkah is thought of as a Jewish festival, but it should also be considered something to remember by Christians."
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