Chanukah is one of my favorite Jewish holiday – it is a happy one!!! Families get together to light the candles, sing Chanukah songs, eat fried food such as fried potato pancakes (latkes) and jam filled donuts known as sufganiot. It is also customary on Chanukah to give money gifts to children, and to play dreidel games. How can you not like this celebration of lights?

It is holyday that celebrates two miracles: (i) the Maccabees small Jewish army wins over the outnumbered Greek army in the 2nd century BCE, and (ii) when the Maccabees liberated the Temple from the hands of the Greek invaders, they found only a small amount of oil fit for fueling the Menorah. The problem was, it was sufficient to light the Menorah only for one day, and it would take eight days to produce new pure oil. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days and nights. It is therefore, that the Menorah is turned into a Chanukia, eight-branch candelabra with a ninth one used to light the other eight, from the first one on the first day to all eight on the last day of Chanukah.

I spent the night in the streets of Me-ah Shearim, an ultra-orthodox Jewish quarter in Jerusalem.

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2 Responses to “Israel Jerusalem: Seventh Night of Chanukah” Subscribe

  1. Vaibhav Gupta January 22, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

    Lovely lighting in the black and white pictures

  2. Victor Bezrukov January 22, 2015 at 11:00 pm #

    fantastic series, especially bw images

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