Last night was the first night of Hanukkah.
I went to Mamilla Mall to watch the candlelighting of the large hanukiah
led by Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar.
Some of his followers came,
but hundreds were in the crowd that gathered and watched from below.
There were even a few who watched from above.
Inside the mall were many hanukiot,
and one very proud family posing with one of the artists.
That was going to be the theme of this blog:
the signs of family, creativity, happiness and LOVE.
Then I got home and listened to the news of Hamas celebrations in Gaza
and Mashaal’s vow to continue fighting against Israel,
and not to give an inch. So much for peace partners.
Hanukkah is a celebration of good over evil and light over darkness.
So let me add a few other photos taken at Mamilla Mall all that
you will not see in the media stream media.
People of all religions were present at the candle lighting.
Arab girls were shopping in the mall as usual,
Arab young men were walking freely as usual, and there were even
Arab boys out riding their bikes near the large hanukiah near the Jaffa Gate.
Even with hundreds of Hanukkah celebrants on the streets, as usual,
there was no sign of Apartheid or BDS – Boycott, Divestment or Sanctions.
Hanukkah time in Jerusalem, Israel and there is just too much to do,
but here is a great source for some of the top Jerusalem events.
Meanwhile, while Hamas prepares its babies to be killers,
please contrast to how children are “used” in Jerusalem.
May the light from Jerusalem, Israel continue to be a light unto the nations.
13 thoughts on “Hanukkah Light from Jerusalem”
Almost went to Yerushalyim today. Now I’m sorry I didn’t.
You still have plenty of other chances!
If you come on Wednesday, please join us for a photo stroll through the side streets starting at 3:30 pm.
In an hour see the present and past and take your own spectacular pictures.
Chag Sameach! Love the photos!
Thanks and thanks for sharing, Hanukkah sameach!
Nice blog post–great pix! Thanks so much!
Thank you Sarah so glad you like the photos.
Hannukah Sameach…love this posting, as always.
Thanks Hannah, hope to see you soon on the Jerusalem streets
It has been a very quiet and cold Hannukah up North – nice to see the warmth of lights and togetherness in Jerusalem while we try to ignore the celebrations of another kind in Gaza – theirs celebrate death and killingand ours celebrate love, life, family and miracles. Baruch HaShem ……
Was a really warm day in Jerusalem today, colder in the house than outside. Hanukkah sameach!
I loved the picturs and the text
Thank you, really special compliment coming from an artist!
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