Chanukah 2018 memories

Chanukah (aka Hanukkah) is my favourite festival on the Jewish calendar. Hanukkah (/ˈhɑːnəkə/HAH-nə-kə; Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה‬ ḥanuká, Tiberian: ḥanuká, usually spelled חֲנוּכָּה‎, pronounced [χanuˈka] in Modern Hebrew, [ˈχanukə] or [ˈχanikə] in Yiddish; a transliteration also romanized as Chanukah or Ḥanukah) is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time […]

Joy and Shabbos candles

Shabbos candles have lit up my home for decades and their light literally lifts my spirits. When those candles are lit, everything feels like it will be ok.

Candles to remember

We recently commemorated Yom Kippur and one of the things we do the evening before is to light candles to remember our parents and close family who have passed away. We lit candles to remember our fathers and Gina’s brother on erev Yom Kippur. I stayed up late that night and tried to capture the mood.

Our little Chanukah miracle

We had our own Chanukah miracle this year. One of us left our box of candles in the sun one day and the heat melted about half the candles in the box. We had enough candles to take us through to the 7th night before we ran out of usable candles. I went to a […]

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