Its the third day of Hannukah today.
Have to admit I have not paid a great deal of attention to this particular festival right now,
After church on sunday a friend surprised me with a gift of a candle set. I forgot about it until this evening, so I got it out of my rucksack and set it up. I think we are on the third day, so I have lit it as far as I am aware close to the same sequence as the electric ones I have seen erected in the street – hope I have got this right…. 🙂
This set is interesting for several reasons, this set is made to be extremely low cost. Its true I have some extremely elaborate ones, like the gold one my friend Judah got a photo with close to the Western Wall which I think cost several million dollars, and there’s the ones cleverly fabricated from spent Hamas rockets I wrote a while back. Its admirable there are some truly outstanding craftsman in the Jewish world, and many implements used in Jewish practices are extremely precision made to a very high standard.
But this one has its only unique charm as its built to a price. Its a one-piece section of sheet aluminum pressed in half to shape in a similar fashion to a mass produced beverage can, including the circular holders. As poverty is a big issue (1 in 4) in this country this is good, so everyone can afford to celebrate this holiday.
Yeshua said himself that he appreciated the poor giving what they could, just like parable of poor woman who gave some small value copper coins as a tithe.
Right now, I’m frantically finishing up some projects at work, getting Christmas presents, host a party for some friends at my flat this friday, then preparing to fly back for a month to see family and friends and get some recuperation.
Happy Hanukkah, Jonathan, and Merry Christmas. 🙂