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In 2021, the eight days of Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication begin at sundown on Sunday, November 28 (the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar) and finish at sundown Monday, December 6.

Different from the seven stemmed Holy Lampstand in the Temple of Ancient Jerusalem, the Hanukkah Menorah has nine stems.  Eight of those stems hold candles to represent each night of Hanukkah, while the ninth stem holds the Shamash or servant candle which is used to light the other candles.  On the first night the Shamash candle lights one candle; on the second night it lights two candles and so forth on each night until the eighth night when all are lit.   

Listen as our Messianic Minutes Hosts sing their fun version of "The 8 Nights of Hanukkah.

Aaonic Blessing Scroll

What is the Aaronic Blessing?

The Aaronic Blessing, so named because the Lord told Moses in Numbers 6:22/23 to instruct his brother Aaron and his sons to pray it. Aaron was Israel’s first high priest, thus the prayer is often called the Priestly Blessing.


English Translation

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious unto you.
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you
and grant you peace.

(Messianic addition)
In the Name of Jesus our Messiah.

Rabbi Ted Simon

The Sign of the Blessing

In the picture, Ted Simon demonstrates the hand formation often used when praying the Aaronic Blessing. The blessor will separate his fingers in a kind of v shape to represent the Hebrew letter shin  , the first letter in one of the names of God, Shaddai, meaning Almighty. This hand configuration was made popular in the TV series Star Trek by Leonard Nimoy, a Jewish actor portraying the Vulcan character Mr. Spock. 

The Blessing

Jeffrey D. Miller giving the Blessing as Closing Benediction

Typically, the rabbi or the cantor will chant the blessing with his arms raised and extended toward the congregation. This is exemplified in Leviticus 9:22, “Then Aaron lifted his hand toward the people, blessed them, and came down from offering the sin offering.” 

We finish our program each day with a portion of the Aaronic Blessing.

Listen HERE as Jeffrey D. recites it in full.

The popular new worship song “The Blessing,” is based on the Aaronic Blessing. The writers of the song, Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe, Chris Brown and Steven Furtick, emphasize the continuing nature of God’s desire to bless.  Here’s an excellent rendition of the song presented at a recent worship service by Jeffrey D.'s son, Nathan, and his worship team.

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