Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Third Night

Thank you all for the nice comments! I really enjoy reading them! :) I was asked why we light three Menorah. The answer is - why not? LOL Some families light only one and some light one for each family member. Our girls like to light their own Menorahs, that way they don;t have to take turns. No turns to take, no fights.... you know what I mean LOL

The question prompted me to look for more information about this tradition.

The reason for the Hanukkah lights is not for the "lighting of the house within", but rather for the "illumination of the house without," so that passers-by should see it and be reminded of the holiday's miracle. Accordingly lamps are set up at a prominent window or near the door leading to the street. It is customary amongst some Ashkenazim to have a separate menorah for each family member (customs vary), whereas most Sephardim light one for the whole household. The Maccabees chased away the forces of darkness with swords; we do it with candles. That's why we light the Menorah shortly after sunset. Two exceptions: On Friday evening, light the candles before sunset. On Saturday evening light them after dark.

This is one of my favorite pictures. It was taken 2 years ago in December 2006. I just love their faces behind the hand made Menorah :)

The giveaways for today and the next 2 days are from my Maya road treasures. I couldn't resist the online warehouse sale and ordered their warehouse sale kit. The kit came full of awesome products that will be enough for 2, no 3, let's make it 4 scrapbookers! So I left some for myself and divided the rest into 3 RAKS. The RAK for today is Maya Road Microchips Arrows Neutrals, Maya Road tin with some Foundation Buttons and Motifs Fresh Chipboard and 2 yards of green velvet trim.

Now, let's draw the winner. I had 26 comments and the winner is:

Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2008-12-24 04:38:18 UTC

Debby, please email me your address! :)

The last thing. I received few requests to add the option to subscribe to my blog. First of all I am very flattered. :) I still can believe that somebody is reading my blog except my mom :) I added am email subscription form, hope it works.


  1. Thank you so much Maya. Oh, yes you are bookmarked in my favs that I check often. :}

    I love the photo of the girls. Thanks you for taking the time to give us more understanding of the candles of Hanakkah.

  2. Wonderful picture of your girls. Thanks for sharing.

  3. What a gorgeous picture indeed. I am wholeheartedly enjoying this-I am learning so much. Thank you!

  4. your girls are sooo cute!
    and i just love Maya Road's products! so thank for the give away.... and enjoy the rest of the holiday!

  5. maya thank you
    and enjoy rest of hanokka

  6. Maya, you really need to start thinking more highly of yoourself!

  7. That sure is a lovely photo. I can relate with having menorah for each family member, each time we have a birthday cake the candles have to be lit so many times so that everyone can take a turn blowing them out lol.
    Enjoy your holiday.

  8. Thank you for the explanation about the Chanukia. In my family we light one for each family (for example one for my little family, one for my brother and parents, one for each uncle and their family).
    this year was so exciting, since I gave birth to my first child and we had a Chanukia of our own.
    great blog, got here from the Tapuz forum.
    happy holiday!

  9. Wonderful picture of your girls
    and enjoy the rest of the hanoka

    zehavit shaked

  10. I agree that the photo of your girls with the menorah is priceless. I debated about ordering one of Maya roads clearance packages and decided not to. Sounds like maybe I should have. Thanks for letting us know that it was a good value.

  11. I'm glad you are enjoying your holiday - that's awesome! I have you in my blogline feeds by the way! :-)

  12. I am so enjoying visiting with you as you share all of your families traditions. I could yum up a few of those jelly donuts, thanks for the easier term. Your girls are beautiful.

  13. What a beautiful photo! I have one quiet the same of my boy behind the lighten candles, it's so heart worming, seeing all this familiar names on your comments...
    make you feel like you're in the same room with all the people in the world.
    Congrats to the winner and a very happy, full of light Hanukah

  14. That is a beautiful picture of youre girls.thanks for giving us a chance to win.Have a great christmas.

    Joan fiskateer #808

  15. Thanks on the explanation :D I had just read a book too and the family had Menorahs for each child but didn't really explain the why behind it. but good idea so no turn taking :D I was an only child ;)

    Congrats to yesterdays winner!

    Happy Holidays to all.

  16. You are so funny Maya. Of course people want to follow your blog. And that picture of your girls is adorable. Happy Hanukkah!

  17. my parents only lit one menorah(which mean the 3 girls actually lit them) yes we took turns, probably caused a bit of fighting but not to bad, otherwise they would probably think about more menorahs.

  18. I just love your blog---so I subscribed!! Love the picure of the girls. I love the stories you tell about Hanakkah. Love the traditions.

  19. Now you'll have to explain why the time to light the Menorah candles is different on Friday and Saturday!