The Jewish Festival of Light commemorates the rededication of the Temple following its desecration by the ancient Greeks. The story goes that there was not enough consecrated oil to relight the menorah that stood in the Temple, except for a small amount which miraculously burned for 8 days. Since then we’ve been lighting candles or oil lights to celebrate that miracle and our freedom from religious tyranny.
The special menorah we use during Hanukkah, called Hannukiyah, has places for 8 candles and for the “Shamash”, the candle used to light all the other candles. Over the years the Hannukiyah has been a folk art object and during my visit to the Ha’aretz Museum last week it was interesting to see Hannukiyahs that had been created during the first days of the State of Israel (and before) that venerated our women and men who protected and fought for the Yishuv.
Part of this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge