November 26, 2018
Center for Campus Ministry: November 26
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Center for Campus Ministry: November 26
From Our Associate Chaplain
What Chanukah is and What Hannukah Isn't
You notice that the title of this article spells Chanukah in different ways. That is not accidental. Indeed for most Americans and for many American Jews the dual spelling of Hannukah represents the misconceptions about this festive 8 day celebration.
In the Five Books of the Torah (Genesis to Deuteronomy), there are five Holy Festivals enumerated--Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot and New Year(Rosh Hashana) and the Day of Atonement(Yom Kippur). Chanukah is not one of them! Indeed the Jewish Festival cycle is primarily a Spring to Fall cycle underscoring the agrarian nature of Judaism's origins. These five major festivals are the major Jewish holidays to this day.
So where does Hannukah come from? As a post-Torah holiday, it traces its origins to Maccabee rebellion around the year 165 BCE(before the Common Era). IT commentates the desire to eliminate Hellenization inside the Temple environs. So what Hannukah represents first and foremost is a commemoration of the first attempts to overcome the ever-present tendency towards assimilation and loss of identity. The Book of Maccabees were not included in the Jewish biblical canon and so those aspects of the story were not prominent in Jewish understanding. Instead the early story of Hannukah was that when the Maccabees prevailed and restored the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, a small amount of oil that should have lasted only one day lasted eight--thus the miracle of Hannukah. There is no documentary proof of that moment and only a description of it in a later rabbinic text. However--that story took hold!!!
For most Jewish kids growing up in America, the proximity of Hannukah and Christmas led to a sense that Christians celebrated Christmas and Jews celebrated Hannukah but all got presents. In truth, while Christmas is a major Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus, Hannukah is a minor Jewish holiday commemorating the ability of Jews to determine their own destiny and identity. The unfortunate confluence of the timing-however- means that for most non Jews there is the sense that Chanukah is the "Jewish Christmas". For eight days when we light candles - we are focused on the importance of religious freedom and maintaining a strong sense of control over our own religious lives. As students at St. Thomas, I hope that for both the Jewish students and the much larger non-Jewish student body that we are able to celebrate the unique and festive times with greater understanding of the significance of these holidays and not attempt to create a syncretic sense that both have the same hold on the other.
Rabbi Morris Allen, Associate Chaplain
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Tuesday November 20, 12:00-1:00pm
Wednesday November 21, 3:30-4:30pm
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Christmas Stockings for Our Troops
Veterans Services is collecting items for care packages for currently deployed soldiers. Drop off any gifts in MHC - Lower Level 17 by end of day on December 1.
Here are some tips as you think about making a donation:
Recommended Gifts Less Recommended Gifts
DVD's Snacks, Gum, Popcorn
Wet Wipes Razor Blades
Foot Powder Socks
Books/Magazines Old Candy
Deodorant/ Body Wash & Shampoo Home Baked Goods
Drink Powders (MiO, Gatorade, Propel)
Faculty/Staff Advent Retreat
Wednesday, December 5
9:00 - 11:30am
Library Room 108
VIA's Operation Christmas Child - A Great Success
VIA held their November volunteer event - packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child! Students filled boxes to the brim with essentials, toys, & notes carrying words of joy to be sent all over the world. Children receive these once in a lifetime gifts as well as the Good News of Jesus!
Wednesday Meditations Continue
Take a mid-week break with Jesus! Join us every Wednesday from 9-10 PM at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel for Eucharistic Adoration ending with Compline (Night Prayer). Depending on the Wednesday, the Adoration time will be in silence or with music. Come recharge by spending some time with God and your community.
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