In Jerusalem, the variety of chanukiot, Chaunkah menorahs,
seems without end.
In Mamilla Mall, a traditional style
is on display near the unusual
and the hard to describe.
There are chanukiot on top of tall buildings.
One ‘candle’ is added each night to the chanukiah on the Knesset building.
This store display of silver ones was dazzling,
but the first night of Chanukah these simple wine bottles
in a bar window were also beautiful,
as was the chanukiah on a fast food restaurant counter in the Old City.
The chanukiah in the Mahane Yehudah market, the shuk,
had lanterns for lights.
Someone might assume there is religious significance to plastic chairs,
as there are so many
chanukiot placed on them.
Every night the Old City has been full of walking tours,
with people wandering the streets looking for lights
in normally shuttered windows.
The chanukiah near the Kotel, the Western Wall, is very impressive,
as is the one which reads “Gilad Shalit lives” and
this chanukiah which remembers all the MIA’s.
And Chanukiot line some of the main streets.
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