Celebrating Hanukkah

Tonight is the last night of Hanukkah so thought I'd share a few images from our celebration. These photos are from the second night when we lit 2 candles plus the shamash.  I've received a number of emails with questions regarding lighting the candles.  The basics are as follows: We start on the first night lighting 2 candles -- The first candle stands for the first night of Hanukkah and the second one is called the shamash (or "helper-candle.") The shamash is lit first, used to light the other candle (or candles) and then put into the 9th place on the Hanukkiah which usually stands a little taller then the other holders on the candelabra.  On the second night we light 3 candles (the shamash and two "regular" candles) and so on each night until all the candles are lit. For more details you can have a look here...  You can also find more background and the story of Hanukkah here.

On the third night of Hanukkah we discovered we had a latke-thief in our midst, pilfering latkes from dinner plates on the kitchen table. 

He showed not a bit of remorse as he gobbled up his stolen goods -- instead, he tried to run away. We found him easily due to the bits of latke he trailed along the way, and honestly, the whole ordeal left us nearly apoplectic with laughter. For a good, basic latke recipe, you can have a look here.

Hoping your holiday has been filled with laughter and light, too!


  1. Goodness! The little Mr is growing like mad. He looks so very grown up in those pictures! And Wee Bloom? Too. Sweet.

  2. A thief indeed! Shira has a similar smirk that she brings out, well, all the time. She also enjoys thievery.

    Chag sameach!

  3. we Bloom is indeed growing like a weed!

  4. Your boys are beautiful! Happy Hanukkah!

  5. If you're going to have a thief, a latke thief is the best kind. And the striped pajamas? Oy. We missed having latkes this year. Had to go to another family celebration that wasn't half as yummy - and half as meaningful.


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