Another name for Hanukkah (which means Dedication) is The Festival of Lights. And, really, it is a festival of lights like none other! Here are some photos to illustrate this:
This is our home last night.
And no, nothing caught on fire.
It was a cold Jerusalem night, and still, we had no need for any heating. Other than the candles, that is…
We lit the symbolic number of 18 hanukkiot on the last night of Hanukkah. 18 means chai, – live, – so here is to The Light of Israel LIVES!!!
On this last night of the holiday, my in-laws and a friend were here for the lighting of the candles.
Having 18 hanukkiot to light, there were still several hanukkiot for each one to light.
Oh, those beautiful sights! Those wonderful moments!!
Not a perfectly lit photo. But look at those happy faces! I love them!!
This one I always light thinking of my sister in law, who bought this hanukkiah. We live on different continents, and it is sad not to be together for the holidays, but lighting her hanukkiah makes us think of her every night.
And here is my sweetness who just turned eight, busy coloring in the light of the full hanukkiah with its eight candles.
This hanukkiah we bought for our son as his first hanukkiah when he was only two years old.
Here is the Jerusalem-hanukkiah our daughter made last year. I don’t think we had lit it on any of the other nights, so it definitely had to be lit on this last night of Hanukkah.
Celebrating Hanukkah in Jerusalem is a real privilege, and on the seventh night we went on our annual tour of the Old City and its beautiful Hanukkiah-lit streets together with some friends.
Isn’t it just heavenly?!
After having been at the Western Wall for the lighting of the big Hanukkiah there, we just walk the streets and pathways of the Jewish quarter of the Old City and look for beautiful sights. And it is just amazing! You look down and you look up, and you find these bright little flames of oil hanukkiot all over.
There is something so powerfully positive about all these little flames!
Light has certainly overcome darkness!!
I have always loved looking at my children’s faces in the light of the hanukkiot.
I am so thankful for these two hanukkah-candles of mine!!
And I am so very thankful for the fact that we get to live our lives right here in Jerusalem!
We get to celebrate Hanukkah right were it happened!! We keep on saying like it says on the poster on the street in the photo above: Nes Gadol Haya PO! A Big Miracle Happened HERE!!
Oh, yes, it has been another wonderful Hanukkah. It did fly by way too fast, but at least our hearts are full of sweet memories as we leave this special time of the year.