Look at the chanukiot on the website of the National Library of Israel.
What do all of the chanukiot have in common?
The chanukiya below is from 18th Century, Venice, Italy. It is part of the collection at the National Library of Israel.
1. Describe the chanukiya.
2. Which features of the chanukiya do you think are required by halacha (Jewish law)?
Read the texts below and write which feature of the Venice chanukiya is being described.
Reason for the feature:
The source below relates a famous disagreement between Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel regarding the number of lights that we light each night. Although the design of the chanukiya would be the same for both schools of thought, each has its own approach.
What was Beit Shamai's progression for lighting the chanukiya?
What was Beit Hillel's progression for lighting the chanukiya?
What features are described in the text above?
What feature of the chanukiya makes it possible to use the prefered fuel for burning?
Putting it all Together:
How does the chanukiya pictured on the top of the sheet fulfill all of the requirements for a kosher (proper) chanaukiya?
Now It's Your Turn
Create or draw your own chanukiya that follows all of the rules mentioned in the texts above. Take a picture of it and add it to the source sheet.