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Second Night of Hanukkah, 2009

Posted by Avital Pinnick on December 13, 2009

Hanukkah lights of ground-floor neighbours, taken from my third-floor flat, through the glass box of the hanukkiah (hanukkah lights).

Pirsum haNes (Publicising the Miracle)

We use olive oil for our lights. This custom, which used to be somewhat rare in Israel except among Sephardim (Jews from North Africa) has caught on like, ahem, wildfire and now it is very common to see oil-burning hanukkiyot in place of the little coloured candles. It also makes lighting on Shabbat much easier because the Hanukkah lights must be kindled before the Sabbath lights and burn well into the night (at least until tset ha-kokhavim, the appearance of the first three stars, indicating that night or the next day, in the Hebrew calendar, has begun).

2nd night of Hanukkah

Just for the sake of comparison, here is a photo of the same lights, same location, taken in 2006 with my old point-and-shoot.

Hanukkah 2006

Pam of Gingerbread Snowflakes asked for permission to use this photo for her posting on Hanukkah. I had no idea that she would write such a lovely posting about my blog! Thank-you, Pam! Everyone else, if you haven’t visited Pam’s blog lately, you really should see what she’s up to. She’s a wedding photographer by profession (the first time I saw her blog, I was immediately struck by the quality of the photography). She’s also an incredible baker (not surprising, given the name of her blog!) and crafter. I love her metal decorations. She can take ordinary tin and turn it into butterflies. What a gift!

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