Posted by: RaeAn | 1 December 2010

Happy Hanukkah from Jerusalem!

חג חנובה שמח! / Chag Hanukkah Sameach! / Happy Hanukkah!


My Chanukiah for the first night.

Hanukkah isn’t as big of a deal here as it is in the US, but it’s still a big deal. It has a bit more of a Zionist-y feel, though, and a fun celebration of light. Here, it commemorates not any miracle with oil, but rather, a celebration of the triumph of a small Jewish nation over its oppressing rulers, and the leaders of that nation went on to establish a dynasty in the land of Israel.

Also, there are Chanokiot all over the city… and on every lamppost in Jerusalem. I’ll take pictures of those for you, too, before my next post.

[ Note: A “Chanukiah” (plural is “Chanukiot”) is a menorah for Hanukkah. A menorah usually has 7 branches, and a Chanukiah has 9 — 8 for each day of Hanukkah and one “shamas” or “helper” candle that you use to light the rest. ]

Weirdest part of this Hanukkah: still being able to wear tank-tops outside during the day. Isn’t it snowing in the US right now? Yeah. Weird. Jerusalem hasn’t decided it’s time for winter yet. I’ll keep you posted on the city’s eventual decision, though.

Hope everyone enjoys their Festival of Lights! I’ll be in Tel Aviv this weekend, attending a wedding with the boyfriend, and hanging out in the city for a little bit before returning for school, which starts again on Tuesday. (Two days off! Time for some much-needed rest and catching up on readings.)

Happy Hanukkah!


~ Rae



  1. This is a reminder to updates soon please!

    • I just uploaded a ton of pictures right now! I’ll get them online and post about them later today or tomorrow. Thanks for the reminder. 😀

  2. On another note: Jerusalem has now decided that it’s winter, judging by the monsoon-esque winds outside. Brrrr.

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