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Archive for December 17th, 2014

Sam Kittner, Silhouetted Worshippers Stand Before a Large Menorah Near the Washington Monument, for National Geographic (date unknown).

Sam Kittner, Silhouetted Worshippers Stand Before a Large Menorah Near the Washington Monument, for National Geographic (date unknown).

I chose to make December a season of photos of light on my blog in part because it meant I could acknowledge festivals and rituals of light from all religions and philosophies, as well as from art, history, literature, nature, science, and so forth. Today is the first day of the Jewish eight-day “holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE” (quoted from Hebcal.com. These eight days are known collectively as Hanukkah, or Chanukkah, and are a festival of light centred around the menorah, a nine-branched candlestick on which another light is lit each day, ideally as darkness falls. Although the eight days are only just beginning, I’ve chosen a photo of the menorah with all candles lit, to show the full effect.

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