Friday, 11 October 2013

Jesus playing with dreidel at Hanukkah ...

Jesus with his brothers, sisters (cousins ?) playing with dreidel at Hanukkah, Festival of Light. Yeshua, Ya'acov bar Yosef etc ... A study for the Jewish Jesus Exhibit in NY. (painted with PicsArt watercolor for Galaxy Note, 2013)

Brothers ? A group of persons closely connected with Jesus appears repeatedly in the New Testament under the designation "his brothers" or "the brethren of the Lord" (Matthew 12:46, 13:55; Mark 3:31-32, 6:3; Luke 8:19-20; John 2:12, 7:3-5; Acts 1:14; 1 Corinthians 9:5). Four such "brethren" are mentioned by name in the parallel texts of Matthew 13:55 and Mark 6:3 (where "sisters" are also referred to), namely, James (also mentioned Galatians 1:19), Joseph, or Joses, Simon, and Jude; the incidental manner in which these names are given, shows, however, that the list lays no claim to completeness. Two questions in connection with these "brethren" of the Lord have long been, and are still now more than ever, the subject of controversy: The identity of James, Jude, and Simon; the exact nature of the relationship between Jesus and his "brethren".

The identity of James, Joseph, Jude and Simon :

James is without doubt the Bishop of Jerusalem (Acts 12:17, 15:13, 21:18; Galatians 1:19; 2:9-12) and the author of the first Catholic Epistle.... Of Joseph nothing further is known. Jude is the writer of the last of the Catholic Epistles (Jude 1).  About Simon nothing certain can be stated. He is identified by most commentators with the Symeon, or Simon, who, according to Hegesippus, was a son of Clopas, and succeeded James as Bishop of Jerusalem.

On the dreidel are the letters Nun, Gimmel, Hey, Shin in gematria equals 358, which is also the numerical equivalent of mashiach or Messiah!

The dreidel is perhaps the most famous custom associated with Hanukkah..... the standard explanation is that the letters nun, gimmel, hey, shin, which appear on the dreidel in the Diaspora, stand for nes gadol haya sham --"a great miracle happened there,"while in Israel the dreidel says nun, gimmel, hey, pey, which means "a great miracle happened here." According to Jewish tradition, when they were in caves learning Torah, hiding from the Greeks, dreidel became a popular game to play. Legend has it that when the teacher would hear the Greek soldiers approaching, he would instruct the children to hide their torah scrolls and take out their dreidels instead.


  1. Interesting....

  2. Jesus had brothers ans sisters ?

  3. The Midrash (Shemot Rabba 52:2) reveals that the 25th of Kislev was not only when the rededication of the Temple took place in the times of the Chashmonaim, but was also the date when the Mishkan was completed by Moshe and the people of Israel. The actual dedication of the Mishkan, we are told in the Torah, was on the 1st of Nissan, though. The Midrash explains the delay.The Midrash tells the story: “On the 25th of Kislev the work of Mishkan was completed, and its components sat folded up [for three months] until the 1st of Nissan, because G-d wanted the Mishkan to be erected in the month that Yitzchak was born. The month of Kislev was thus deprived. Said G-d: ‘I must compensate it.’ How did G-d compensate the month of Kislev – through the dedication of the Temple by the Chashmonaim (on Chanukah).”The Midrash explains why the dedication was delayed from Kislev to Nissan, but leaves us with a number of questions. Why is Yitzchak the patriarch honored with the dedication of the Mishkan? Why not dedicate the Mishkan on the birthdate of one of the other patriarchs? Furthermore, how is the dedication by the Chashmonaim considered fitting compensation?Yitzchak symbolizes sacrifice. He was willing to let himself be bound on the altar on Har Hamoriah at the Akeida. It is therefore fitting that the Mishkan, where sacrifices are offered, be associated with him.The Chashmonaim, generations later, also exemplified self-sacrifice. In their struggle with the Greeks, they were willing to sacrifice themselves to purify Har Hamoriah, where their ancestor Yitzchak was willing to sacrifice himself for Hashem. Through the Chashmonaim, the month of Kislev is appropriately “compensated” with the rededication and purification of the Temple.May we merit to have Har Hamoriah purified and rededicated speedily in our days.Http://