|"The Eighth Night, the Jewish Quarter" c. 2011 by Heddy Abramowitz|
In this last post for the week of Chanukah, I will be pulling together little bits of this and that didn't fit into a neat subject but together summarize the week for me.
One of the things that I have always appreciated about living in Israel is how natural Israelis are about their Judaism. One such example is that store owners who can not leave their businesses at dusk to light their candles at home, will do so at their place of business in the most matter-of-fact way, as in this scene which took place in the open air market of Mahaneh Yehuda.
|"Fishmonger Prepares Chanukiah" c. 2011 by Heddy Abramowitz|
|"Chanukah at the Fish Stall" c. 2011 by Heddy Abramowitz|
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|"Chanukiah" (glass bottle, olive oil, wicks) by Ken Goldman|
This contemporary take on the chanukiah by Ken Goldman is one of the Chanukah-related artworks that caught my eye. Goldman, a trained industrial artist, took "the road less travelled" (thank you Robert Frost) when he moved to Israel to live on Kibbutz Shluchot in the Beit Shean Valley, not exactly a world art center. Nonetheless, Goldman 's ripples are felt on distant shores as he explores edgy turns on issues relating to Judaism in the current world.
Here, the essence of the candelabra is reduced to a bottle of oil laid on its side and oil wicks inserted directly into the oil supply. (children: do not try this at home). The minimalist take on the traditional ritual object makes this the white canvas of the Judaica world.
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Since so many people travel great distances to enjoy the Chanukah lights that are in my neighborhood, I will share with you a few glimpses of the street where I live.
|"Chanukah Lights and Passers-by" c. 2011 by Heddy Abramowitz|
|"Channukah Lights and Geranium" c. 201l by Heddy Abramowitz|
|"Chanukiot on Lane in Jewish Quarter" c. 2011 by Heddy Abramowitz|
|"Multi-story Chanukiah" c.20ll by Heddy Abramowitz|
|"Chanukah Lamps and Metal Door" c.2011 by Heddy Abramowitz|
|"Women's Seminary Door and Chanukiot" c.2011by Heddy Abramowitz|
|"The Last Glow" c.2011 by Heddy Abramowitz|
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To close, here is a cartoon from the legendary cartoonist, Yaakov Kirschen, whose "Dry Bones" cartoon series in the Jerusalem Post has made the world seem a little less bleak for so many people.