For those of you who may not know, Chanukah celebrates the miracle God did when He caused a one day supply of holy oil in the temple to last for eight consecutive days. The name "Chanukah" or "Hanukkah" means "dedication." It was during the time of Judah and his father Mattathias that the holy temple had been desecrated, and the Jews were able to reclaim their temple and rededicate it to God as the "house of God" on earth.
In summary, Chanukah celebrates the day the temple was rededicated to God and the miracle of the oil that God did during those eight days. The miracles, of course, are the small jar of oil that burned for so long and the small group of Maccabees who fought a mighty king and won. Ever since that first Chanukah, Jews just like the Maccabees have fought for the right to pray to God and live as Jews.
Once again, HAPPY CHANUKAH to all the children of Abraham and Israel.
Just a reminder that eating 5-12 fruits and vegetables a day, including during the holidays, is one of the fundamental keys to good nutrition and to eating healthy. In addition, drinking the Feast every day will help you achieve this primary nutritional goal.
Keys to Good Nutrition and Tips to Eating Healthy with Uri and the Feast
Nutrition and Health Educator
Tuesday, December 11, 2007