Tuesday, December 27, 2016

At NYC's Jewish Museum, Hanukkah menorahs are more than ceremonial

By Robert Gluck / JNS.org
This “deer” Hanukkah lamp is from 19th century Eastern Europe. Photo: The Jewish Museum, gift of Dr. Harry G. Friedman.
NEW YORK---New York’s Jewish Museum is shining a bright light on the many forms and enduring ritual uses of Hanukkah menorahs in a new exhibit that runs through the winter holiday season. In “Masterpieces & Curiosities: Memphis Does Hanukkah,” the museum’s vast collection of 1,022 Hanukkah lamps — dating from the Renaissance period to modern day — is on display. The menorahs are made from a wide variety of materials and come from virtually every part of the world, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Each one holds a unique history. [link]