What Is The Deal With Hanukkah?

Nathan Smith Bible, Jewish Roots

Hanukkah is celebrated around the world this week and unless you’re Jewish you likely know little to nothing about it.  Though most Christians pay zero attention to the Jewish Holiday of Hanukkah, you may be surprised to know the only time the holiday is mentioned in the Bible is in the NEW Testament book of John and Jesus is present! …

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What is Purim and Should I Care?

Nathan Smith Bible, Jewish Roots

The Jewish holiday of Purim took place this past weekend and most of us missed it. I mean, if you’re not Jewish and you don’t know what Purim means anyway then why bother? I think that argument is a little ‘thin’ and worth rethinking. So, what is Purim and why should I care? Purim is the annual celebration of the story …


What’s the Big Deal About Israel?

Nathan Smith Bible, Jewish Roots

Maybe you’re not asking that question?  Should you be?  Is it not odd for a country the size of New Jersey to be in headline news week after week on TV screens all over the world?  Maybe the news you hear is all positive?  Maybe your perspective is mostly negative?  Regardless, you’ve heard something about this small nation and you …

Why Christians Should Celebrate Passover (or is that Easter?)

Nathan Smith Jewish Roots, Thought Provoking

The annual Jewish Feast of Passover starts this Friday Night and around the world Jews (and many Christians) will be celebrating the ‘passing over’ of the death angel in Egypt of every home which had the blood of the lamb on their doorposts (Exodus 12). We know Jesus is THE Passover Lamb. The ‘Last Supper’ was the Jewish Passover Seder meal …

Why Christians Should Celebrate Purim

Nathan Smith Bible, Jewish Roots

The Jewish holiday of Purim will be observed around the world starting this Wednesday at sundown and will continue throughout the day Thursday. Purim is the annual celebration of the story of Esther in the Old Testament. But should Christians celebrate this Biblical holiday as well? In truth, Christians celebrate plenty of holidays that are NOT in the Bible, so …