December 10th, 2012
04:40 AM ET

National Menorah lit in Washington

By Stacey Samuel, CNN Producer

Washington (CNN) - On Sunday, as he has for more than 20 years, Rabbi Levi Shemtov presided over the annual lighting of the National Menorah.

The event dates back to 1979, but it was President Ronald Reagan who officially designated the candelabrum, placed in the Ellipse just south of the White House, the National Menorah.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Hanukkah • Holidays

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  1. kindness

    This is my experience... Thank you.

    MY personal testimony.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    I Accepted Jesus christ as my lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners. Even once we are saved by christs merciful grace we will still experience adversity to mold us to adhering to the truth.
    We will slip... But not fall of the ship ...carrying us onward to perfection in christs grace.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from some other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are" in" the world but not "of " the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith ....above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read romans or corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are by faith above reason in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It's just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    Romans 10:9

    "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved
    Last eve I passed beside a blacksmith’s door,
    And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
    The, looking in, I saw upon the floor
    Old hammers, worn with beating years of time.
    “How many anvils have you had,” said I,
    “To wear and batter all these hammers so?”
    “Just one,” said he, and then with twinkling eye,
    “The anvil wears the hammers out, you know.”
    And so, thought I, the anvil of God’s Word,
    For ages skeptic blows have beat upon;
    Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
    The anvil is unharmed – the hammers gone.

    Truth is..exclusive

    December 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  2. lol??

    "National Menorah lit in Washington" Just a case of washing machine politics. Tons of it everywhere.

    December 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  3. jason

    wow only 2% of the U.S population is Jewish and theres a Huge eight legged candle in front of the whitehouse. Well atleast we know the world is set up for the Anti-Christ to come, the only dominating power these days that can sit on the head of all tables and not be questioned will most likely be some jewish guy, not like there isnt one pulling the strings right now.

    You know there is somthing wrong when Mayor Blooomberg(jewish) can change the law to be in office for a third term, AIPAC(right wing extremist jews) tells us what our foreign policy is, Israelis are allowed to spy on us and when they caught they simply have to go back to Israel, over 30 representativs in the U.S are jewish which means they voice for 100 million Americans although the jewish population is only 2%, 7 of the twelve supreme court justices are jewish, and finally when the United States was built to demolish apartheid states and countries who murder defenseless people, we have become one of the biggest supporters of such a state....Israel...makes you think, does our president even call the shots?

    December 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • Akira

      WHat a load of sh!t.

      You know something is wrong when a story about the National Menorah turns into an anti-Israel and anti-Jewish rant...do you have your oven on, jason?

      December 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • ME II

      Aww, quit your whinning!


      December 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • empresstrudy

      You sound like a psychotic Nazi. Are you John "Juan" Cole or Chris Matthews?

      December 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  4. Chadwitch

    "I just live with one more delusion than you do. When you understand how you recovered from all of your delusions, you will fail to understand why I have not recovered from mine." – Chad

    December 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  5. 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

    Nice to see all cults getting equal time with The Jesus Myth. Does the leader of American atheists get to "pull the plug" on these silly displays when each of the delusional believer days are done?

    December 10, 2012 at 9:11 am |
  6. Chick-a-dee

    Happy Hanukkah!

    December 10, 2012 at 9:07 am |
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