“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on a lamp stand so it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men so they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Many of you have heard these famous words spoken by Yeshua, but let’s take a look at the implication of these words during this unique holiday season.
A new month has begun both on the Jewish calendar and the Gregorian calendar. The month of Kislev and the last month of the year December. This special season has great significance both for the Jewish people and Christians around the world.
During this time Jewish people across the globe celebrate Hanukkah. This celebration is held on the 25th day of Kislev. The name of the month derives from Akkadian kislimu. The Hebrew root K.S.L as in the words "kesel, kisla" (hope) or "ksil" (Orion, a constellation that shines) because of the expectation and hope.
We believe this season of the month of Kislev is a time to renew our hearts before the Lord. It is a time to rededicate ourselves to God, rejoice in his miracle working power, and draw nearer to His heart.
Hanukkah is a feast of lights and commemorates the miracle of the oil in the Menorah that lasted for eight days. As you walk the streets of Israel, you can see the Chanukiyot (nine branches menorahs) lit in the windows for all to see as they pass by. The month of December is also a time where many Christians are celebrating Christmas, decorating their homes with lights and there is so much festivity in the air. Light symbolizes joy and celebration. It is fascinating to see that these two different holidays actually point us in a very similar direction: To cast darkness and be as a shining light to the people of this world!
Both Hanukkah and Christmas are times of great joy, where we celebrate amazing miracles and great victories that God has done. Hanukkah is also a celebration of the dedication of the temple. Therefore, let us take this month of Kislev to rededicate our lives again to the Lord and to share our love and joy with the less fortunate.
We, at Vision for Israel, want to remind you that the miracle of our existence has been made possible because of your dedication. Let us continue to bless all those who need our help. We appreciate your gift - you can give here.
This holiday season we pray that you will shine bright for all to see His great love!
Our good deeds are a reflection of the light that gives out but never diminishes.
With much appreciation,
Barry and Batya Segal