Monday, December 29, 2008

Festival of Lights

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The 8th and final Hannukah candle was lit Sunday night, filling the final spot on the menorah, called a Hanukiyah here in Israel. To conclude the holiday in his own inimitable style my son, who is all red all the time, had hoarded all the red candles in the box - bringing them out for a final definitive statement of his loyalties, as if there were ever any question.
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I hope all of your holidays were as full of love and light, shining brightly from this year on into the next.
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Visit Mary at Work of the Poet for more ruby red photos.
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28 comments:

Phyllis Sommer said...

beautiful and so kind of him to give you something for ruby tuesday as well. may 2009 bring peace....

"Sunshine" said...

The candles make a lovely photo. Thanks for commenting on my monochrome, also. Best wishes for a great 2009 :)

Mojo said...

Hey, he was just thinking ahead for you. (Psst, kid! It's a good story, stick with it!)

You've educated me quite a bit over the last 8 days, and I always appreciate that. Hope 2009 treats you well!

Cheryl said...

How lovely. Is that a Menorah/Hanukiyah? Not to be rude, but I know very little about Judiasm...I thought they looked like candleabras.

Felisol said...

Hello Robin,
A real festival of lights your son made.
I love children's way of putting all their heart and energy in one prospect.
Mighty.
From Felisol

ilanadavita said...

Very beautiful shot. I like the cosy atmosphere the lights produce.

People with Cameras said...

This is a lovely photo. I like the way all the flames are moving in slightly different directions ... and then that one is really huge!

Thanks for the background info - that's what's great about visiting blogs from all over the world - we learn so much.

Jan said...

Great photo, and great choice for Ruby Tuesday. Your son is funny.

anymommy said...

It's like he set up the ruby red picture for you. It's gorgeous. I'm so glad you had so much fun with the grandparent's visit!

Ralph said...

The massive red candles have been arranged by your son as a sign of importance, excitement and love. A work of art, and the flames brilliant.

It has been a great holiday season, as it is all family. And that is the most important!

Lea said...

Oh Robin... this last night of Hannukah is so beautiful! So vibrant and full of the love of your family that is so radiant. I loved looking at your posts of the last few days with your parents visiting! What fun you all had. Looking at Maya rollerblading brought back such memories for me... I am so grateful for our connection across space. In this moment, it isn't far at all... XO

ellen b said...

Hi Robin!
What a fun festival of lights. I guess I've never seen the red candles always blue and white...
My daughters birthday dinner was blue and white on Saturday night and we ended up breaking into some Hebrew songs because we thought the decor could pass for a Hannukah celebration. My daughter took Hebrew in college and learned some songs that we love to hear her sing...

napaboaniya said...

Lovely to see it all lite up :)
Happy Ruby Tuesday and Happy 2009!!!

Shannon said...

What a lovely photo. Itai did good with all the red! I hope that your holiday season was wonderful and bright. Many more blessings in the coming year.

Sylvia K said...

Such a lovely photo! the red candles are perfect as is the soft light and all that the Hanukiyah represents. Thank you for sharing.

Robin said...

Cheryl, menorahs were traditionally shaped like candelabra but these days pretty much anything goes design-wise. The only requirement is 8 candle/oil holders of even height, with one extra holder higher than the rest for the "shamash" or helper candle that lights the others. There are some gorgeous and incredibly artistic ones out there. These two were made by my kids when they were in preschool. They're not meant to survive more than a year or two, but never fear, they bring home new ones most years, and if not there are plenty of kits in the craft stores to make new ones. Jay and I have a beautiful ceramic menorah that we never even brought out this year.

Candles can be any color. Most boxes these days are multicolored. When I can find them I love the hand-dipped candles that look almost tye-dyed the best.

Leora said...

So you didn't purposely use red ones for Ruby Tuesday? You have a son who is a red-o-phile?

It looks lovely!

Neas Nuttiness said...

Lovely photo...this past Sunday they showed pics of a local contest for elementary aged children. I could not believe how creative these kids were. Menorahs in every shape and "theme".
THanks again for sharing.

Dianne said...

I didn't realize the shape/design could be so unique!

I read your explanation above - thanks for all the info

Happy New Year

Olga said...

What a beautiful photograph! Hope you had a wonderful Hanukkah with your family. And hoping that things will calm down in Israel soon.

I spent a month in Israel about 8 years ago teaching English and the moshav my host family was at was right by Gaza strip.

Pia K said...

Lovely pic of a very fine candleholder. Happy New Year with hope for peace and collusion!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Lovely photo, Robin. All the best in 2009!

Robin said...

That's not a very nice place to be right now Olga, my heart goes out to them.

Gattina said...

I wish you a happy Hannukah it is really a festival of lights !
I am so sorry for the people living in Gaza. I wonder if there will be peace one day !

KitchenMaus said...

Quite creepy on my eyeview :D but candles are always funshots as each tongue of fire appears different! ENjoy your week!

laura said...

Lovely Ruby Tuesday post!!

Baila said...

Beautiful shot. As kids we used to fight over the candle colors to "design" our menorahs. Now my kids do the same.

happily retired gal said...

What a lovely sharing for Ruby Tuesday this week.
Hugs and blessings,