PTC: A Chanukah Melody

by Chossid December. 21, 2012 13725 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,” []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…

  Be the first to like this post
Join the conversation
There are 28 comments , add yours!
Eiram Marie 8 years ago

Very beautiful set!

8 years ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 8 years ago

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

8 years ago Edited
Krystyna Knypl 8 years ago

beautiful set!

8 years ago Edited
Masoud Ahmadpoor 8 years ago

nice set you've made!

8 years ago Edited
Jumiella 8 years ago

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

8 years ago Edited
Carrie 8 years ago

What a collection! lovely!

8 years ago Edited
Lisa Charbonneau 8 years ago

Great set!

8 years ago Edited
Yves Monast 8 years ago

wonderful set....

8 years ago Edited
Jacki 8 years ago

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

8 years ago Edited
Eija 8 years ago

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

8 years ago Edited
Mikkal Noptek 8 years ago

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

8 years ago Edited
Gonia 8 years ago

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

8 years ago Edited
Dave 8 years ago

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

8 years ago Edited
Antonio Gil 8 years ago

Wonderful array of lights.

8 years ago Edited
Jennifer Venter 8 years ago

Beautiful photos ! Thank you for sharing ! Very special!

8 years ago Edited
Ray King 8 years ago

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

8 years ago Edited
Dannii L 8 years 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.

8 years ago Edited
Chossid Replied to Dannii L 4 years 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:

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

4 years ago Edited
Helen Hooker 8 years ago

Fascinating set - love the montages.

8 years ago Edited
Ibrahim 8 years ago

fantastic set.

8 years ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 8 years ago

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

8 years ago Edited
Dan Ravasio 8 years ago

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

8 years ago Edited

A lovely moment to share with love ones :)

8 years ago Edited
Finbarr 8 years ago

Amazing shots !

8 years ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 8 years ago

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

8 years ago Edited
Giancarlo Fosci 8 years ago

so beautiful set!

8 years ago Edited
Roger 8 years ago

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

8 years ago Edited
Astrid 8 years ago

So beautiful and Nice family moments.

8 years ago Edited