In the chilly and drizzly evenings of Hanukka in Jerusalem, the neighborhood of Mea She’arim shines. In nearly every window is a lit hanukkia shimmering through a glass case, a sea of flickering lights announcing to everyone that the festival has arrived.

Mea She’arim served as an inspiration for Israel Museum Judaica curator Chaya Benjamin and her colleagues, whose display of hanukkiot from around the world covers a wall of the museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life.


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