Hebrew Art - The Judaica Art of Adam Rhine


Hanukkah - The Festival of Lights
"Hanukkah"
"The Festival of Lights"
Watercolor and Colored Pencil on Illustration Board

"Blessed are You, Hashem our G-d, King of the universe, Who has wrought miracles for our forefathers, in those days as in this season."
(Traditional Hanukkah blessing)

"Hanukkah" is the eight-day festival that commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Greek invaders of the land of Israel, led by Antiochus IV, who defiled the Beit HaMikdash. Once liberated, there was only a small portion of oil for the Menorah, enough for one day.

A miracle occurred which kept the oil burning for eight days, the exact amount of time needed for new oil to be made. In this painting, the eight candles of the Menorah are at the bottom of the star, while the shammus, the candle that is used to lights the others, is at the top.


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