Fear Factor: Courage – A Festival of Lights

I had to wait until last night’s candle lighting to make this one.

May your Hanukkah be full of doughnuts & your doughnuts full of jam


Happy Hanukkah to all!!!

First Candle
First Candle


In the 2nd Century BCE, the second temple of Jerusalem was looted & Judaism was outlawed by the Greek King Antiochus.

A Jewish priest named Mattityahu & his five sons stirred up a rebellion against Antiochus.

The Jewish uprising was eventually successful & the temple was purified & rededicated.

The purification of the temple required burning only the purest olive oil, but only one flask was left.

The flask contained only enough oil to burn for one day & eight days were needed to prepare more.

Miraculously the oil burnt for a full eight days allowing the menorah to be kept alight as required.

An annual Festival of Lights – Hanukkah – was declared to celebrate the miracle.

The Hanukiah

The traditional seven-branched menorah is replaced, during Hanukkah, by the nine-branched Hanukiah.

Eight of the lights represent the eight days of the oil burning in the temple.

The ninth, usually central & distinctly separate from the others, is lit first & used to light the others.

The Kindling

Each evening for eight evenings just before sunset the central light is lit & used to light the other lights.

On the first evening the central light is used to light just one other light.

On each successive evening one extra light is added until on the eighth evening eight have been added.

The illuminated Hanukiah is placed by the window to remind passers-by of the miracle.


The lighting of the Hanukiah is accompanied by blessings, songs & fried foods.

Among the most popular fried foods eaten during Hanukkah now are the Sufganyot, otherwise known as doughnuts.

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12 thoughts on “Fear Factor: Courage – A Festival of Lights

    1. Thanks sheenmeem. It was very basic but I like to include a brief explanation of any religious, cultural or mythological connections to my pictures if I can.


    1. Thank You draccoonia, our modern lives are so bombarded with visual images. I always like to know the story behind a picture & assuming that others do too I now try now to add a little information to each image, either religious, cultural, historical or mythological. Whichever fits 🙂


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