Hanukkah celebration

The Temple of the High Country celebrates Hanukkah in 2015.

BOONE — The Temple of the High Country will begin its celebration of Hanukkah on Saturday, Dec. 24, starting at 5 p.m. at the temple, which is located at 1043 W. King St., Boone.

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that is observed for eight nights and days and commemorates the reclamation of the Holy Temple by Jewish people.

“It’s kind of like an Independence Day for us,” said Chuck Lieberman, a former temple president who currently teaches Hebrew classes at the temple and has been a member for 35 years.

At the Hanukkah celebration, temple members will light menorah candles and eat latkes, a traditional Hebrew potato pancake cooked in oil. The latkes will be accompanied by a potluck dinner and traditional latke sides such as sour cream and applesauce.

Both the latkes and candles are representations of the oil used to light a single candle for a night during the reclamation of the temple by Jewish people from their Greek rulers. Thought only to be enough oil for a single night, the oil ended up burning for eight nights, according to the Jewish tradition.

The eight nights and days are represented in the eight candles of the menorah. One candle is lit each night of Hanukkah.

Lieberman said that because the Hanukkah holiday usually occurs within close proximity to Christmas, it has taken on a much larger role in the Hebrew calendar.

“We would see our Gentile friends having such a good time, and we wanted to do the same for our children,” Lieberman said. “You have a party, you light candles, you exchange gifts.”

The next day, on Sunday, Dec. 25, temple members will help local churches serve meals of turkey and ham—along with latkes—at the Hospitality House located at 338 Brook Hollow Road, Boone.

“We’re really excited about going out on that day and helping others,” said temple Hospitality Chairperson Zodie Powers. “And we’re glad that a lot of temple members will be there to help.”

Earlier in the month, on Dec. 11, the temple’s Sisterhood organization had their own celebration of Hanukkah in which female members of the temple enjoyed eating latkes.

The sisterhood members also exchanged gifts of dreidels. Dreidels are four-sided spinning tops, usually made of wood, marked with Jewish letters and symbols.

Lieberman wishes that more people would join the temple’s December celebrations but is happy with how previous Hannukah celebrations have gone.

“I think we’ll all have a really good time,” Lieberman said.

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GSeagel

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blackbird9

Left unsaid in this article is what the Jewish Hanukkah menorah has come
symbolize to modern International Jewry and World Zionism.

For those of White European descent this is a season to celebrate a time
of life and rebirth of nature as the sun at the Winter Solstice reaches its lowest
point at the Tropic of Capricorn, appears to lie dead for three days, and then
begins its ascent upwards towards the Equator at the Spring Equinox to its
peak at the Tropic of Cancer at the Summer Solstice.

For Christians, this is a time that marks the birth of Jesus Christ and the
New Law based on Peace and Good Will towards all peoples.

However, Hanukkah for the Jew, as in all Jewish "Holy Days", is a season to
celebrate yet another war against non-Jews.

Judaism by axiomatic definition is a MASTER/slave system. It always has
been and it always will be as the person who defines themselves as a Jew
has a world view that separates the world into two groups; Jew and non-Jew,
The Jew calls a non-Jew a "Gentile" or "Goyim" which translates basically as
"cattle".

This is evidence by the two tiered legal framework of Talmudic Noahide Law
of Judaism which has one set of laws for the Jew and another set of laws
for the Goyim.

"It is our duty to force all mankind to accept the seven Noahide laws,
and if not ~ they will be killed."
- Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg

This is the foundation of the age old "Jewish Question" as the Jew does not
recognize any other legal system as being binding to them. Further,
Jewish Mesirah Law strictly forbids one Jew from informing on the crimes
of another Jew to any non-Jew legal system. This has resulted in the Jews
being thrown out of 109 countries over 200 times in the last two thousand
years.

However, the rise of World Zionism since the first World Zionist Congress in
1897 has resulted in a series of global wars and revolutions that resulted
in the creation of the Jewish State of Israel and a global Jewish Banking
monopoly moving towards an "End Game" of a "New World Order" based
in Greater Israel.

This "Greater Israel" agenda is symbolized by the Zionist battle flag of Israel
with the two blue bars symbolizing the Nile and the Euphrates rivers and explains
why Israel refuses to define its national borders and is ever expanding its
territory.

"Palestinian Land loss from 1946 to 2000"
http://www.a-w-i-p.com/media/blogs/news/Newsdirectory2/PAL_palestinian-loss-of-land.jpg

It should also be noted that one of the original Israeli flag designs by Rabbi
Jacob Baruch Askowith in 1891 had the word "Maccabee" written in Hebrew
in the Hexagram. "Maccabee" was one of the famed Jewish warriors that
fought against the Greeks in the Hanukkah legend.

Today, the Hanukkah menorah as come to symbolize the conquest of nations
by International Jewry as we see almost every nation's capital
(including the USA) displaying these huge monstrous menorahs while at the
same time removing all symbols of Christianity such as Nativity Scenes and
even Christmas Trees. Meanwhile, law after law is being passed to make it
illegal to criticize Judaism, Israel, questioning "THE Holocaust(TM)"
or the Israeli role in the 9-11 "False Flag" Attacks.

This Jewish MASTER/slave worldview is summed up quite well in the words
of Israel's chief rabbi:

"Gentiles exist only to serve Jews as slaves. Goyim were only born to serve us.
Without that they have no place in the world. Only to serve the people of Israel.
Why are gentiles needed? They are only here to work. They will work, they will
plow. They will reap. We will sit like effendi and eat. That is why gentiles were
created,”
- Rabbi Yosef, Sha Party, Jerusalem Post, 2011

peace.
- bb9

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