Wednesday, December 13, 2017

First Night of Hanukkah (5778)

Festival of Lights

The First Night: Last night, ushering in the eight-day festival of Hanukkah on the 25th of Kislev, we lit two Hanukkiahs, a store-bought one and the one made by our youngest many years ago. After saying the traditional blessings, we sang Maoz Tzur (מעוז צור‎; Hebrew for “Stronghold of Rock,” a reference to God);  a beautiful rendition can be found here. [It is called Rock of Ages in English.] Afterward, we are instructed to reflect on the light, which is supposed to serve no practical purpose but allow us to think about non-material matters. There is, however, an interesting reflective effect (a physical one) evident in this photo, which shows a double light and the trees of the park across the way.
Photo Credit: ©2017. Perry J. Greenbaum