Photos courtesy of Tovah Korman.
One of the ways to know that it is the month of Kislev is to see all the donuts in the bakeries. It is pretty much just this month of the year when you will find all of the beautifully decorated donuts.
As you know, Hanukkah is celebrated during Kislev. It begins on the 25th of the Biblical month. There have been some very momentous events which have taken place during this month for the Nation of Israel.
Around 457 BC, Ezra addressed a three-day assemblage of Jews in Jerusalem, telling them to adhere to the Torah. The Hanukkah miracle took place in 164 BC. In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly approved a plan for the partition of “Palestine”. , which eventually led to the creation of the State of Israel. And, last year, President Donald Trump announced that Jerusalem is in fact recognized as the capital city of the nation-state of Israel, by the USA.
As I write about these important events in the history of this great nation, I am sitting here with sirens being sounded south of where we live. I hear planes fly overhead. I am reading on the internet that “Senior Hamas commander Nur Barakah was killed in IDF air strike, exchange of fire on both sides in Gaza. Rocket alert sirens sounding on Israeli border with Gaza.”
Some things never change! Israel and the Jewish people are under attack. Remember in Nehemiah chapter 1:
3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,
5 And said, I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:
Please pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Please pray for the leaders of Israel. Though they may not be looking to G-d, that they would nevertheless make the right decisions. May our hearts feel as Nehemiah’s did when he heard of Israel being in peril.