Looking back on Hanukkah

We enjoyed being in Israel for Hanukkah.  As part of our celebration experience, we went to Jerusalem for the eighth and final lighting of the hanukkiah light.  It was exciting to be at the Kotel,  with the crowds gathering there in a spirit of expectancy.  The dignitaries came in well-guarded cars, the torches on top of an adjacent building were lit, the music started, the crowd sang and moved with the beat, then a hush settled over everyone, as the Rabbi started the prayers.

Enjoy the sites with us, including a stroll through the narrow passageways of the Jewish quarter of the Old City.  The golden glow of candles shining through the darkness was evident everywhere you looked.

 

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Lighting hanukkiahs at a party.

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And then we dance..after eating, of course.

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Here come the troops.

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The city was full of cadets joining the throngs going to the Kotel.

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Couldn’t resist taking a photo of this handsome toddler!

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Here we come…

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On our way through security in order to enter the Western Wall area.

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A mixture of people gathering for the prayers.

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Young boys climbing on the fence, impatiently playing around, waiting for the ceremony to start.

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Yes, we are really here!  And it’s not too cold…

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Waiting for the dignitaries to light these torches.

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What a sight to see these 3 foot flames light up the area.

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Another hanukkiah overlooking the Kotel.

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There, it is lit!  The young boy to the right is a teen terror victim.  He got to light one of the candles.

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Father lighting his hanukkiah with his small son looking on.

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Unusual display of candles waiting to be lit. By the look of it, there is a large family behind this!

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Hanukkiahs are put in windows for all to see.

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Look up!

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One of many ways to display the lights!

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Lights everywhere!

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A lot of families live here..

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Making our way out..

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Images of  Dreidels dancing on the Old City Wall

 

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