Hanukkah, or Channukah, is about shunning the darkness and embracing the light. It is
no wonder, then, that it is also called the Festival of Lights. The main commandment we were given on this holiday
is to make the miracle of the of oil public. This is accomplished by placing the lit Menorah by the window so that
passersby can all see the lights and be aware of the miracle that God had performed for us. One of the best ways
to be festive on this holiday and to honor the commandment of lighting the Menorah is by carefully selecting the
Shopping for Hanukkah candles can be a difficult task due to the great variety of types of
candles out there. While standard colorful candles are always popular, you need to also think about the type of
Menorah you have. If you have an extravagant Sterling Silver Menorah, and the rest of your Judaica is also Sterling
Silver, perhaps those common colorful candles may not be an optimal idea. You may want to find more lavish candles.
Or, even if you do opt for the simple ones, perhaps rather than buying multicolored candles you should stick with
one color to go with the silver color. Any single color would look great when combined with a Sterling silver
If you want to be original this year there are many options from which to choose. For instance, you
can go for scented candles. Many scented candles look like the standard Hanukkah candles, burn for over an hour
and exude smells such as vanilla, coconut and many more. If you are used to lighting incense at home this is great
solution that combines lighting the Menorah and imbuing your home with aromatic smells. Many scented candles are
not the right size and shape for a Menorah, but this should not be a hurdle; you are always welcome to buy standard
candles for the Menorah and at the same time light the scented candle for ambiance.
A fantastic way to
solidify family ties and explore your artistic side is creating your own Hanukkah candles. There are many places
that offer Hanukkah candle kits, which include enough beeswax sheets and wicks to make 44 candles that will last
the entire holiday. Many such kits also include literature about the holiday’s history, as well as glitter with
which to decorate the candles. The time you spend with your family making the candles will be priceless.
candles, while not meant to be put in the Menorah, are nonetheless apposite for Hanukkah. These candles do not
replace the Menorah candles, but supplement them. For example, you have the dreidel-shaped candles; these come in a
variety of sizes and shapes, and some are even scented. Many of them, as a result of having very thick layers of
wax, burn for many hours. If you do choose to buy one dreidel candles and you have children, just make it a point
to tell them, several times if needed, to not spin the dreidle while it is aflame.