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.
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.
Shabbat shalom and happy Chanuka!
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.