PTC: A Chanukah Melody

by Chossid December. 21, 2012 12645 views

I think my favorite time of the year was always when our family and extended family would light the Chanukah menorahs.  Immediately after lighting them, we sing “HaNeiros Hallalu,” [chabad.org]to a hauntingly beautiful tune.  We would wrap our arms around each other, standing in a rough circle, singing the tune.  With all due respect to Avrohom Fried, who has a great voice, I enjoyed the melody better when slowed down a few steps, and sung by my husband and sons.

Lighting the menorahs at home with my husband, an “adopted” son, and other guests.

At the public menorah lighting in the center of the town.

And more at a mall and a Chanukah party.

Aomong lots of other yummy things, I made candy sushi with rice krispie confection wrapped in soy sushi wrappers, and made royal icing decorated cookies for the first time.

We are playing a game called ‘dreidle.“ It’s a top, with the four letters nun, gimmel, hei, shin, representing ”Nes gadol haya sham,“ ”A great miracle happened there." We played for chocolate coins, which I forgot to include in the collage… This Chanukah I won 30 grivni coins (under $4) and all the chocolate coins (which I gave to others.)

Now I only need to win a real life lottery!!!

There are different customs, but ours is to light the menorahs in the doorway, opposite the mezuzah. Thus, one walks between two mitzvos (commandments) and is surrounded by them. We had 3 menorahs here and 3 in the next doorway. The silver one was my father's father's, and my husband lights it.

I love watching the burning wicks. We have a tradition – we tell the children that if they listen very carefully, they can hear the flames telling over the miracles of Chanukah.

While many people light colored candles on Chanukah, the best way to light the menorah is with olive oil – by which the miracle took place. If olive oil is not available, other oil which burns with a clean flame is permissible.

This is the “shamash” or helper candle, which is used to light the rest. Each day of the 8-day long festival another candle is added from the right side of the menorah, but they are lit from left to right.

Last wisp of smoke of the year, as the last flame dies out…

Almost done…

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Eiram Marie 6 years, 9 months ago

Very beautiful set!

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Sandra Vermeulen 6 years, 9 months ago

Those collages are so beautiful Leah!!
Thanks for sharing this special moment.

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Krystyna Knypl 6 years, 9 months ago

beautiful set!

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Masoud Ahmadpoor 6 years, 9 months ago

nice set you've made!

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Jumiella 6 years, 9 months ago

Wonderful time, wonderful reportage! Thank you for sharing! :)

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Carrie 6 years, 9 months ago

What a collection! lovely!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Lisa Charbonneau 6 years, 9 months ago

Great set!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Yves Monast 6 years, 9 months ago

wonderful set....

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jacki 6 years, 9 months ago

A beautiful set of photos, Leah. I find the menorahs that use oil very interesting, I've not seen those.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Eija 6 years, 9 months ago

Lovely photos !!! Interesting to see pics about a different culture !

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Mikkal Noptek 6 years, 9 months ago

Wonderful post. I love it. The portraits are great !!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Gonia 6 years, 9 months ago

beautifull post. thenaks for information. I like the way you photograph fire.very, very pretty.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Dave 6 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for sharing Chanukah with us Leah. The minorah is beautiful.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 6 years, 9 months ago

Wonderful array of lights.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jennifer Venter 6 years, 9 months ago

Beautiful photos ! Thank you for sharing ! Very special!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Ray King 6 years, 9 months ago

What a wonderful post. Tradition can serve to 'ground' the wayward spirit.

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Dannii L 6 years, 9 months ago

Lovely set, it's so nice to see how the traditions vary, we always try to have ours by a window so it can be seen by passers by. We also light our candles from right to left, I hope we have not being doing it wrong for all these years.

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Chossid Replied to Dannii L 2 years, 9 months ago

Hi Dannii! I don't remember if I replied to you at the time. Lighting by the window is fine -- just different customs.
As far as the way to light, however, watch the video on this page: http://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cdo/aid/103868/jewish/How-to-Light-the-Menorah.htm

And have a very happy Chanukah -- it starts this Saturday night.

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Helen Hooker 6 years, 9 months ago

Fascinating set - love the montages.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Ibrahim 6 years, 9 months ago

fantastic set.

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Gillian Parsons 6 years, 9 months ago

Thank you for sharing this lovely occasion with us :-)

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Dan Ravasio 6 years, 9 months ago

#8 to my faves. This is an awesome set Leah.... Your collages are outstanding.. Bravo.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Evalizette Hansson Nordstrã¶M 6 years, 9 months ago

A lovely moment to share with love ones :)

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Finbarr 6 years, 9 months ago

Amazing shots !

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 6 years, 9 months ago

I love the opportunity you give us all into Judaism - you are a very special teacher.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Giancarlo Fosci 6 years, 9 months ago

so beautiful set!

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Roger 6 years, 9 months ago

What amazing captures, but more importantly what a rich tradition thank you for sharing
I would love to expérience an evening like this

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Astrid 6 years, 9 months ago

So beautiful and Nice family moments.

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