Design of the Lamp in the Land and State of Israel

In this lecture, we will delve into the traditional concepts and views of the Diaspora regarding Hanukkah, which changed dramatically with the emergence of the Zionist Movement. The concept of the ‘New Jew’ fitted well the heroism of the Maccabees and accordingly transformed their image, led to the creation of daring and innovative designs of the Hanukkah lamp in the land of Israel, culminating in the stunning lamps created after the State of Israel was born.

 

 

Wednesday Nov 24 8pm (1pm EST) 

 

 

 

Lighting the Hanukkah lamp constitutes the primary ritual of Hanukkah, highlighting the emphasis Talmudic rabbis put on the ‘miracle of the cruse of oil’ while neglecting the heroic deeds of the Maccabees. 

Over the centuries, the Hanukkah lamp became a primary artistic Judaic object with innovative and meaningful designs. Much less or little attention was given to the victories of the Maccabees, preferring to depict the sufferings and martyrology of their times. 

 

 

 

 

 

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