Sunday, December 21, 2008

A modern chanukiya

Chanuka began at nightfall tonight with the lighting of the first candle.
The candle at the left is the shamash, the servant candle which lights the others.
Tomorrow night there will be two candles and one shamash. Every night another candle is added and the light increases.
The chanukiya (menorah) is traditionally placed in a window or near the door or is lit outside in order to "publicize the miracle" to everyone.
Here is a photo from last year. This is how the chanukiya will look on the 8th and final day of the Festival of Lights.
Chag sameach--happy holiday!

18 comments:

kaybee said...

A beautiful tradition, Dina. This world needs more and more light!

jordaenne said...

that is a beautiful ceremony- to write with light across the days.

Tonight at the cathedral we will light the final violet candle before the rose coloured one on christmas day to announce the joy of the new birth and that is a beautiful message whether you are a christian or catholic or not.

peace and light
shalom

jordaenne said...

and thankyou for this message of light from the holy land.

Petrea said...

It's beautiful to see.

For many year's I've attended an annual Chanukah party at the home of long-time friends. They're no longer hosting the party due to changes in their lives, and I miss it. It was always a large, diverse group. For those of us who didn't know the songs and prayers there were photocopied instructions so we could sing along and join the ritual.

Cloudia said...

MMMMMM Latkes and chocolate "gelt!"
Happy Festival of Lights EVERYONE!
Aloha from Hanukah in Hawaii!

Ann said...

Happy Chanuka. Shalom.

Yaelian said...

Chag Hanuka sameach!

Shimmy Mom said...

Happy Hanukkah Dina!!! I hope that your holidays are peaceful and wonderful.
*hugs*

USelaine said...

It is beautiful. Candles are so calming to the soul. Blessings to you, sister.

evlahos said...

very beautiful

I wish you, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Reader Wil said...

Beautiful, Dina. It's a pity on the plane when it ends. Well happy Chanukiya!

mommanator said...

He is the light! for many!
Happy Chunukah

Grammy said...

Happy Chanuka
From Missouri, Usa

Rob (Inukshuk Adventure) said...

Chag sameach Dina.

Pietro said...

Nine lights in the final day. Wonderful!
Thanks for sharing this very nice Festival, Dina.

kjpweb said...

Gorgeous and beautiful light!

Dear Dina - I wish you a wonderful Chanuka and a great new Year with many more great images and posts to come!

Cheers, Klaus

Sherry said...

as always, Dina, your commentary on tradition is unparalleled on blogs, and I am grateful... to read you.

Kay said...

Beautiful lights, Dina! In a winter of darkness, I hope those lights show us a way.