Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights begins today but there is only one person in our St. Paul's congregation for whom this has personal meaning. Adam grew up in an observant Jewish household and eventually embraced Jesus the Jew as Jesus the Christ as well. Hanukkah is really a minor Jewish holiday in terms of religious significance but in North America it has become a lovely time for family and a way of being Jewish in a predominantly Christian culture.
I remember going to Shul (synagogue) the evening of Chanukkah, and davening (reciting prayers) in the sanctuary, then going into the basement and having all the wonderful Jewish pastries and foods, surrounded by all the other Jewish kids from Oshawa…
I remember sitting around our dining room table, lots of family around, and having wonderful meals and family time… It’s all very similar to Christmas family time…. I do miss spending time with my family, now that most of them are gone… "