For a long time human beings were subject to the conditions of their birth, but now because of the advanced nature of consciousness in the material realm, there are those souls who enter the earth with an intuitive understanding that there are few limitations, even in the material realm, such that they may choose a birth of circumstance, choose a childhood circumstance, choose a different adult situation, in which their karma unfolds and is burned away. This is why at this day and time, as consciousness is raised, women and men see fewer gender limitations to their role, to their behavior, and to their life circumstances.
Hanukkah is a celebration that commemorates the victory that restored the Temple in Jerusalem to the Hebrew people about 150 years before the time of Jesus. Part of the story is the miracle of the oil used to keep the flame representing God's presence burning in the Temple. The story resonates with me even though I travel on my spiritual journey in a different tradition.