Objects Tell Stories: Hanukkah Lamps in the Jewish Museum Collection

Hanukkah Lamp, Stolin (Belarus), c. 1885, Lead: cast; tin

Hanukkah Lamp, Stolin (Belarus), c. 1885. © The Jewish Museum, New York.


Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, begins at sundown on December 24. Families all over the world will celebrate by singing traditional songs and enjoying sizzling latkes beside glowing candlelight. Every winter, Hanukkah commemorates the bravery of the Ancient Israelites who defeated their oppressors during the Maccabean Revolt. Candles are lit on the eight nights of Hanukkah to symbolically represent the triumph of light over darkness. Continue reading