Happy Hanukkah – 2 Abstract Sumi e paintings where I celebrate the Jewish Holiday underway…
I painted two sumi e to celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday that lasts for eight nights, usually in November or December. This year, 2021, it began at sundown on Sunday, Nov. 28, and ends Monday, Dec. 6.
I love stories about the light and miracles like this is probably why I painted these in celebration. Also known as the Festival of Lights or the Feast of Dedication, the holiday celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Maccabean revolt against the Syrian-Greek army. Rabbinic tradition states the victorious Maccabees could only find an amount of oil to keep the commemorative Menorah lit for one night. However, the Menorah miraculously stayed lit for eight nights.
The most common tradition of Hanukkah is the lighting of a commemorative menorah. Menorahs are lit with a primary candle first, and that candle is used to light an additional candle for each night. So for the first night, the primary candle and an additional candle are lit, the second night two additional candles are lit, and so on throughout the eighth night. Candles are added to the menorah from right to left but lit each night from starting with the left-most candle.
Judaic blessings are often chanted before and during the process.
Happy Hanukkah – 2 Abstract Sumi e paintings
Happy Hanukkah – 2 Abstract Sumi e paintings. I enjoyed painting this Menorah, so simple, so fluid
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