|"Hanukkah, Festival of Lights" woodcut from Minhoginbukh (The Book of Customs), Amsterdam, 1727 (Library of Congress)|
Visitors to Jerusalem are usually struck by the lack of commercialization of these celebrations. Yes, there are festive events and the city is decorated with bright lights, but it is a holiday atmosphere that is less about the material. The municipality of Jerusalem, for many years, distributes cut pine trees for Christians as a city service. During the day today, there were church bells pealing in the background and a light drizzle started at dusk, turning now into a steady strong rain, much needed in this arid country.
In art, the images relating to these holidays provide an opportunity to depict light. Here are some of the images relating to Channukah from a variety of times.
|"Chanukah" etching by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim (1800-1882)|
|Hanukkah, 18th century, artist unkown, 35 cm X 41.5 cm|
Here is a detail from the Ades synagogue in Nachlaot, where the walls are covered with menora symbols.
It was painted by Yaackov Stark, a teacher at the original Bezalel School, during 1911-1912.
And below, a photograph of holiday lights in the alleyway of the Armenian Quarter:
Best wishes for days that continue to spread light.