Goldenstein Gallery celebrates Chanukah' Festival of Lights'
On Monday, Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m., there will be a special Chanukah (Hanukah) candle lighting ceremony with Rabbi Alicia Magal at Goldenstein Gallery in West Sedona. The Chanukah holiday celebrates the triumph of light over darkness.
This is the 5th year that the gallery has hosted a Chanukah candle lighting. For over a decade the gallery has celebrated the sacred arts and exhibited artists with the intention of creating for the sacred.
Dorit Herlinger's elegant art jewelry and Judaica is influenced by the sights, smells and sounds of desert life in Arizona and the holy city of Jerusalem. Herlinger is 11th generation born in Jerusalem.
She uses sterling silver, 18-karat gold, and a variety of mixed media including glass, working with vibrant colors to create stunning abstract pieces that always get attention, are classy, and compliment. She was recently part of a 3-woman show in Croatia where she represented the United States. Her Judaic art includes Menorahs, Mezuzahs, Dreidels and Star of David jewelry. She also creates one of kind stunning contemporary jewelry.
According to Jewish history, more than twenty-one centuries ago, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who sought to forcefully Hellenize the people of Israel. Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of God.
When they sought to light the Temple's menorah, they found only a single cruse of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks; miraculously, the one-day supply burned for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity.
To commemorate and publicize these miracles, the sages instituted the festival of Chanukah. At the heart of the festival is the nightly menorah lighting: a single flame on the first night, two on the second evening, and so on till the eighth night of Chanukah, when all eight lights are kindled.
The public is invited to this special evening at Goldenstein Gallery on Monday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m. Rabbi Magal will light the candles and lead traditional songs. Please arrive early. Everyone is welcome.
Goldenstein Gallery is located at 70 Dry Creek Road in West Sedona and is open daily. Find them on Facebook or call 928-204-1765 for information about artists, artwork, exhibitions and events.
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