Saturday, December 19, 2009

Chanuka menorah with mouse

I never expected the flames of the Chanuka candles to be reflected in the wood of my old table. But it happened, and just in time for James' "Weedend Reflections" meme.

Even the mouse got into the light show, going from blue to green and red.

Today is the 8th (last) day of Chanuka.
Yesterday afternoon, just before sunset (the beginning of the Sabbath), the chanukiya full of candles was lit for the last time until next December.
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To "publicize the miracle" the Chanuka lamp is placed in a window.
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The ancient terrace wall seen from my back window is necessary because our village is built on the slopes (and the top) of a little mountain. I like to look at the stone wall and reflect on its history.
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28 comments:

Bergson said...

the first is fantastic

Leif Hagen said...

The colored candles burning in the window look so lovely! That's a unique looking menorah! Even your mouse was "lit up."

Serendipity said...

Lovely reflection!

Gallow said...

At first I thought the mouse was connected to the Menorah in some high tech manner.

Excellent photos and reflection. The candles give such a warm feel.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

The menorah candles, reflecting and fully lit. What a beautiful sight. If there were a "most unique" menorah photo, the mouse one would win.

Guy D said...

Lovely shots as always.

All the best
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Vogon Poet said...

Lovely images and very nice reflections.

gigihawaii said...

I love your colorful candles, and it is so wonderful to be living amidst so much history. My house was built in 1963 so no history!

Catherine said...

Reflection of the light and of your mind Dina.....A perfect spiritual moment.
Iqlove your colored candles.

awarewriter said...

I love the warmth of reflections in polished wood. Very nice photo.

Dimple said...

I also love the colorful candles! The reflection is softly beautiful on the wooden table top, and the mouse is an unexpected accent.

Blognote said...

I love the first photo, Dina!!
Also the Salzburg fountain reflection photo is excellent.

Kay said...

Love your menorah and mouse. That is quite a beautiful mouse. I've never seen anything like it.

Is there oil in your menorah? That looks very symbolic as well as beautiful.

Dina said...

Dear friends, I thank you for all your interesting comments.

Kay, the see-through mouse came with the notebook computer. I would not have chosen it. The changing lights can drive you crazy if you let them.
Naomi bought me the modern chanukiya at Kibbutz Sde-Boker (where David Ben-Gurion lived and is buried). The Desert Charm giftshop makes things "inspired by the landscape and colours of the Negev desert."
See more of their creations at http://www.desert-charm.com/holiday262.html
I think it is filled with water. And flowers and plants.
If you stand it up straight the bottle might remind you of a fancy vinegar bottle.
With the little air bubble in it, you can also use it as a spirit level. hehe

BTW, I just learned that "chanukia" was coined by Mrs. Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, wife of the reviver of modern Hebrew, in the late 19th century. Much better than the "Chanuka menorah" or whatever that y'all use in the Diaspora.

cieldequimper said...

Dina, the first one is a masterpiece!

Halcyon said...

Beautiful! Hope you had a great festival of lights.

Jacob said...

Very nice! And may the light of Hanukkah brighten your path in the coming year!

Crafty Green Poet said...

I love the reflections in the first photo, the second photo is very pretty too

Pietro said...

Those lighted colored candles are so fascinating! Very lovely images, Dina.

Dick said...

Well I think it's a fantastic picture, great job.

Turquoise Diaries said...

Wonderful images. I also first thought that something technical going out there :))

jedaen said...

What a beautiful photo Dina. and may the light of chanukah cast its benevolent light throughout 2010
and have a joyful christmas day I know how open your heart is to christian celebrations.

I maintain there is one God and we celebrate in light.
HUGS

James said...

Wonderful reflection Dina. The reflection really looks nice on the wood. It makes me wonder how it would look if it was darker.

jedaen said...

oh and also Dina when I go to midnight mass I will light a candle for my journal here from the holy land!

Petrea said...

Your Chanukah posts have been so creative. I especially like this one because we get to see a little of where you live. And you know how I love old stonework.

FA said...

The ancient and the new. Thank you for sharing Hanukkah with us.

JM said...

The first shot is so cool! Really artsy! :-)

Cloudia said...

Great view