Celebrating Hanukkah: in Israel, Cochabamba, or Wherever!
When I was a child, Hanukkah was one of my favorite holidays. I knew the blessings for the candles and enjoyed the tasty latkes my mother prepared. When I first became a believer in Yeshua, I was tempted to dismiss Hanukkah as something minor and just for children. Yet in John 10, we see that our Messiah chose the Feast of Dedication as the backdrop for one of His boldest public declarations. As God’s people, we need times of reflection and rededication to Him. On Hanukkah we can ask ourselves: Where do I need God’s help in my attitudes or relationships, so that my life can truly reflect the character and light of Messiah?” Make Hanukkah the Feast of your dedication to God.
A Hanukkiah (Menorah) for All Cultures!
- 3 packs (2 oz.) Fimo or Sculpey III baking clay for the base (I used White Pearl)
- 1 pack Dark Blue clay; 1 pack contrast color (I used Bronze)
- 1 bottle Aileen’s Tacky Glue; small metal tray for baking, covered in foil
- 1 Hanukkah candle, to use as a pattern; 2″ long piece wire
- rolling pin, plastic knife, toothpicks (for shaping and molding clay)
- glass beads or charms for decoration; additional colors of clay (optional)
- Mod Podge or Ceramacoat clear glaze with glitter (optional)
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees (check temperature needed on package of clay).
- Remove base color from package. Cut off small portion about the size of your thumb. Knead rest of clay until smooth and workable. Shape clay into thick snake and gently bend into semicircle. With rolling pin, flatten until even thickness. (Can also be a rectangle if you prefer). Leave room on base for shammash candle holder and eight others.
- Take contrasting color clay and make long, skinny rope. Wind around base and press down gently. Smooth joined areas.
- If desired, push in glass beads or other Jewish designs to your base.
- Bake 20 minutes. Cool completely; remove from tray.
Candle holders and shammash:
- Divide color for candle holders into twelve pieces.
- Roll one square into round ball. Gently push Hanukkah candle into center of ball.
- Make hole slightly bigger than candle (will shrink when baked). Don’t go through bottom of the ball.
- Make nine candle holders. Take additional ball of clay in same color and make it same shape. Take leftover base color and form into a round ball. Put on top of other ball, and on top of stack put one of the candle holders. Push wire through all three pieces.
- Place all pieces on tray; bake 20 minutes. Let cool.
- Arrange all pieces on base.
- Glue on pieces with Tacky Glue. Let dry overnight. Glaze with Mod Podge or Ceramacoat for shiny look.