Friday, December 11, 2009

Candle time

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Tonight is the beginning of the 8-day Festival of Lights. Happy Chanuka!


Normally the chanukiya (Chanuka menorah) is lit at nightfall, when it is dark. But tonight is also the eve of the Sabbath, so we light the chanukiya BEFORE sundown and THEN light the two Shabbat candles.
This because making fire is considered work and work is forbidden on the Sabbath, the day of rest.

In the first photo you see my modern-style chanukiya (gift from dear daughter Naomi) in the kitchen window.
The chanukiya is traditionally placed in a window or near the door or is lit outside in order to "publicize the miracle" to everyone.
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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.
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Shabbat shalom and happy Chanuka!
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And many thanks to all the non-Jewish bloggers who are beginning to post about Chanuka and especially to actress/author/blogger Petrea at Pasadena Daily Photo for her kind words about me and her deep insights about life.
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23 comments:

Dimple said...

Shabbat Shalom Dina, and a blessed Chanuka.

Petrea said...

Oh Dina, you are sweet! Happy Chanuka to you and all.

Barbara said...

Dina:

My darling Petrea brought me to your site.....wondeful.

Happy Hanukkah and Shabbat Shalom.

Barbara in California

Reader Wil said...

Shabbat shalom and happy Chanuka!
What a beautiful tradition to celebrate the Light. Thank you for your post.

Petrea said...

Ha! So that's what it took to get Barbara to get a Blogger sign-in.

Jew Wishes said...

Shabbat Shalom!

Chag Hanukkah Sameach!

Leif Hagen said...

Nice Chanuka posting! Thanks for letting me be first!
: - )

Halcyon said...

Shabbat shalom! Happy Hanukkah!! I've got my Menorah set up in the window and ready to light tonight.

When I lived in Paris I used a "make-shift" menorah of tea lights in Ikea light holders, but now that I'm back in the states I have my grandmother's old menorah which I love.

Nadege said...

Happy Hanukkah Dina and all! I learned something new today and will place the menorah by my window.

Turquoise Diaries said...

I didnt know that it started today.. Happy Chanuka

Robin said...

Happy Hannukah Dina, and Shabbat Shalom.

Would you believe I didn't get a photo of our menorahs tonight? Me neither. Off to the archives it is...

Barbara Martin said...

Happy Chanuka to you, Dina.

Celebrating the light is an excellent way to bring more of it into our lives.

jedaen said...

Ah Dina what better way than to celebrate with light...

jedaen said...

oh and yes here is wishing you everlasting love and light.
Happy Chanuka

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

the first dance I ever learned was the circle dance Chanuka

"oh Chanuka oh Chanuka come light the menorah, well have a party we'll all the dance the horah" (I still remember the lyrics)

that one!

Happy start to Chanuka Dina

Cloudia said...

Bazman Haseh!




Shalom & Aloha, Friend!


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Louis la Vache said...

As others have written: Shabbat Shalom, Dina, and a blessed Chanuka.

Kay said...

Shabbat Shalom, Dina. Have a very peaceful, happy Chanuka celebration. I never quite know how to spell it. In Illinois I remember seeing Hanukkah or Chanukah. Now I see Chanuka. Is there a correct version? I think I used Chanukah in my holiday greetings to our Jewish friends.

Vogon Poet said...

A really beautiful post. Shabbat Shalom and Happy Hanukkah!

kavita said...

Shalom Dina,and a very happy Chanuka to you ,your family and to your country too.My regards.

Michel Benoit said...

Let there be light in your life !

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Have you see or read the new edition of The Gospel of Judas?

I just got it from Amazon and have been stunned by the revelations in it.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2006/05/judas-gospel/cockburn-text

You can read some about it here on National Geographic.

I saw the television version NG had on the other night and was mesmerized.

katney said...

You are ever a source of information and inspiration. Happy Hannukah