Israel
Menorahs





 
 

Israel is a special place for many people for different reasons.  Jewish people in Israel celebrate the Festival of Lights or Hanukkah.  The celebration lasts 8 days and symoblizes the victory of overcoming people who were keeping them from practicing their religion 2100 years ago.  One candle, the shammash, is used to light the other 8 candles and must be placed lower or higher than the others in the center.
On the first night, the parent lights the shammash and then the candle to the far right is lit.  A new candle is lit every night for the 8 day period, symbolizing a new day.  After a candle is lit, games are played and traditional presents are presented.

Create a Menorah using wooden spools (stacked one on top of another), bolts, clay, or other imaginative materials as the base to hold the candles.  Remember that one can must stand higher than the other and be at the center.