Televangelist Kenneth Copeland’s Inaccurate Hanukkah Tweet Sparks Condemnation

Melissa M. Munoz

Televangelist Kenneth Copeland arrived underneath fireplace for a Wednesday tweet in which he incorrectly stated how to light a menorah and rejoice Hanukkah.

In the because-deleted tweet, Copeland inaccurately described the procedure of lights the conventional candles for the Pageant of Lights, ahead of relaying a imprecise message about Jesus, who (in fairness to Copeland) was Jewish, but is generally extra affiliated with some other December holiday break (it’s on the suggestion of my tongue).

“On the very first night of Hanukah, the eighth candle on the menorah is lit. This is the servant candle and it’s applied to light-weight the other candles. As witnesses, we are the servant candle. It is really through us the concept of Jesus is multiplied. Permit your light so shine amongst men,” he tweeted.

As details out, the 1st candle lit for Hanukkah is basically the shamash, which is the elevated candle on a menorah, which is applied to gentle the other folks. Chabad also clarifies that the left-most candle is lit initially (though candles are extra from right to still left, which may well describe Copeland’s confusion).

On Twitter, individuals were being fast to level out Copeland’s error, while one particular of his followers did simply call the sentiment “stunning.” 1 human being wrote a scathing reaction that highlighted the evangelical Christian preacher’s mistake. “Facts about Judaism are whatsoever Evangelicals say they are, seemingly,” she wrote.

Writer and podcast host Talia Lavin had to only talk to what Copeland was attempting to say. She again discussed the shamash staying employed to light-weight the some others and typically being lit to start with. Folks responded to to Lavin publicly wanting to know how Copeland could have flubbed this up so poorly. She wrote that these forms of glitches are par for the training course, but advised they may perhaps be rooted in anti-Semitism.

The televangelist wasn’t the only one to get called out this Hanukkah season. One Twitter consumer despatched a tweet before the 8-day-extensive getaway started, warning firms to cease printing “Oy vey” on wrapping paper.

In a extra light-hearted instant, tunes legend Smokey Robinson hilariously mispronounced the identify for the Pageant of Lights, seemingly puzzled by the “Chanukah” spelling, in a viral Cameo. As beforehand claimed, the singer phonetically pronounces it “cha-noo-kah.”

“I have no strategy what Chanukah is, but Satisfied Chanukah, because they stated so. Anyway, God bless you, babe, and take pleasure in Chanukah,” he said in the movie, which two sons procured for their mother who supposedly grew up on the exact same street as Robinson.

Inspite of Robinson’s mispronunciation, many (which includes the males who ordered the Cameo) found it to be endearing and a easy oversight.

Kenneth Copeland Ministries did not react to Newsweek’s emailed request for comment in time for publication.

A menorah burns in the White Dwelling just after then-President Barack Obama shipped remarks all through a Hanukkah reception December 8, 2011. In a considering the fact that-deleted tweet, Kenneth Copeland inaccurately defined the system of lighting the standard candles for the Pageant of Lights, in advance of relaying a vague message about Jesus.
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