Hanukkah Holiday Lights

 For the eight days of Hanukkah,

so many lights were burning brightly,

menorah

from the olive oil flames of the religious yeshiva hanukkiot,

to the large electric candelabra

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at the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem,

across the road from each other.

Many stores and restaurants had candles lit,

 inside or in the windows for all to see.

chanukia in front of restaurant

This one Emek Refaim Street was hard to miss.

What was missing were the large numbers tourists

usually around this time of year.

A little Photoshop was needed to fix this photo,

electric menorah as street decorations

as those street light hanukkiot were hanging in fewer locations

 and often not all of their parts were working.

However,

menorah on Emek Refaim

there was no shortage of Chabad hanukkiot

on street corners,

Chabad chaunka menorah on car

and on top of cars.

One favorite was the large hanukkia burning brightly

Gush Chabad chanukia

 at the Tzomet HaGush bus stop,

 recently the scene of too many terrorist attacks.

The major annual hanukkiot were

Knesset chanukia

on top of the Knesset,

Hanukkah in Jerusalem

outside the Jaffa Gate entrance to Old City,

koseel menorah

and inside near the Kotel, the Western Wall.

A friend reports that new pink spot light was removed

by the end of the holiday.

menorah in Jerusalem Israel

This new one in town was my favorite.

The lights on the Old City Walls

lights on wall of old city

were of s’vivonim, dreydles, games and fun.

Of course, the holiday foods and parties were on going.

BBQ in Old City on Hanukka

This BBQ in the Archaeological Park of Old City,

fed hundreds of the security personnel who stand out in the cold

day and night protecting us from the next terror attack.

And there was music,

Hebrew sign for Hanukkah music

from a show at the new Arena Stadium,

as well as thousands of family gatherings and community events.

The lights and sounds of Hanukkah

came forth from Jerusalem.

For those who were afraid to walk the streets this year,

next year in Jerusalem, Israel.

No matter how you spell it,

חנוכה or Chanukah,

is a special time you should not miss.

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