How is a menorah made?
Why does it have nine branches?
What is Hanukkah, anyway?
Meet the people who make different menorahs, and find out how an ancient Jewish tradition is celebrated. What are the different elements that make a menorah? When do we light it? What blessings do we say, and how does it all fit in with the miracle of Hanukkah?
Make and decorate your own menorah, roll candles, and discover what the letters on the dreidel mean. Discover all this and more, with over 100 explanatory photos that reveal a fascinating world behind the scenes.
About the Author
Allison Ofanansky was born in the US and moved to Israel in 1996, where she lives in the village of Kaditah with her husband, Shmuel, and daughter, Aravah. She has previously written the Nature in Israel and How It's Made series, and The Patchwork Torah, illustrated by Elsa Oriol, which won the National Jewish Book Award. She works as an editor/translator and volunteers with various organizations working on behalf of community, ecology, social justice and women's issues.
Born and raised outside Chicago and now living in Israel, photographer Eliyahu Alpern has been interested in food, travel, and photography since childhood. He's been a musician, cougar rehabilitator, vegetarian chef, organic farmer and multi-media maven. His photographic specialty is 360-degree panoramic images of Israel. He lives in the Upper Galilee with his family.