Best of Hanukkah in Jerusalem

Hanukkah in Jerusalem, Israel, is celebrated in a big way,

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actually, Hanukkah is celebrated in a huge way.

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This giant chanukiah, Hanukkah menorah, covered in small electric lights,

 is put up each year outside Jaffa Gate.

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Each year there are new kinds of sufaganiot

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and lots of them, as huge quantities are consumed.

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Electric street lights light up the sky at night at this entrance to Begin Highway,

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while others line city streets.

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The Israel Museum is always a popular destination, especially this Hanukkah display.

Of course, 

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colorful candles can be found burning inside homes, 

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and in stores

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and  hotel lobbies. 

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Chanukiot can be found inside office buildings,

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and outside the front doors of homes.

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Candle lighting is often accompanied by live music and dancing,

as here with the new Chabad chanukiah at First Station.

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Lights from the chanukiah on the street corner are reflected in this photo

of an Egged bus with a Hanukkah sameach sign.

Huge crowds and tour groups filled the streets of the Old City,

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as people came from all over to see the candles burning in windows, 

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and scenes such as this man sitting and watching the flames.

To see and to learn and to remember, 

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that a great miracle happened here.

Getting Prepared

At the sound of a siren, students in Jerusalem on Tuesday

went into their schools’ bomb shelters.

The National Emergency Authority held a drill to prepare

in case of a missile attack. Our local bomb shelter was locked.

The drill was called a success, but many people hardly noticed it.

 Monday, thousands gathered at the Kotel, the Western Wall, to pray for rain,

but on Tuesday in the hot sun

was there anyone really prepared with an umbrella?

However, what was very noticeable on the Jerusalem streets,

were the preparations for Chanukah: outside private homes,

over the promenade in Mamilla Mall,

and in displays inside the mall.

Chanukiot, Chanukah menorahs were set up outside the walls of the Old City

and on street corners all around Jerusalem. 

The greengrocer  on Azza Street, 

usually a busy place before a holiday was closed for a funeral,

surprising many who wanted to prepare for Chanukah parties.

The Jerusalem streets were full of harried parents

trying to get themselves, their young children with their works of art

to and from after school parties.

Chag Urim Sameach!