Monday, December 22, 2008

On the First Day of Hanukkah

A "quirky" one from Dino's collection, the fifth day

As I said last year, you may be surprised to see something about Hanukkah, or Festival of Lights, on a non-Jewish person's blog, but once again I want to share with you the special posts on the collection of Hanukkah menorah (plural menorot) of one of my medblog reads, the No 1 Dinosaur, who last year, for the eight days of the festival, posted one per day of the family's collection, culminating in the pièce de résistance they bought last year. As an aside, technically the nine branched candelabra for Hanukkah are called Hanukiah.

Since Dino's collection consists of over two dozen different ones, this series could go on for three years without a repeat but of course each year they add another or two so it could be longer. Unfortunately Dino is unable to continue the series this year due to time constraints, but fortunately has given us the links to last years photos.

I picked the above one to highlight the series since it certainly is not an image that springs to mind when one thinks of the word menorah. Dino describes it thus:
The candle holders are those things that look like little coffee cups on top of each shoe. It feels like it's made of clay. It's about fifteen inches long and the shammas (the highest heel) is about three inches high.
Happy Hanukkah to all those celebrating the festival and especially to Dino's family who makes it so interesting for us all.


Dr.John said...

Those are certainly different candle holders.

Liz said...

What a great hanukiah! (Have I spelled that right?!)