Hanukkah Unbound: 5th Night


Happy 5th night of Hanukkah! Below you will find a variety of ways to enhance this evening's holiday experience. 

Eight Ways to Light Your Menorah on Night Five:

Learn more about each of these outside-the-box ways of lighting your Menorah on the 5th night of Hanukkah by clicking the images below!

Image 1: Cocktail MenorahImage 2: Chemistry MenorahImage 3: Nail Decal Menorah Image 4: Outdoor Glowstick Menorah Image 5: Indoor Glowstick Menorah Image 6: Tatoo Menorah Image 7: Shammai Menorah Image 8: "Classic" Menorah

Welcome Guests (Ushpizin):

There is a tradition each night of the holiday of Sukkot to welcome in a "guest" from the Torah or Prophets. We like this tradition so much that we'd like to bring it into the Hanukkah experience as well! So on our Hanukkah Unbound: Welcome page, we've put together eight different kinds of guests that you can invite to your candle-lighting, including "classic" figures in the Bible (both male and female), mystical Jewish creatures, social justice activists, and athletes! For the fifth night of Hanukkah, we highlight our "Jewish Characters" list. To explore all of our Ushpizin "tracks," just click here!

Jewish Characters: Jewish characters are quite common in works of fiction. Whether it's on television, in written works of fiction, or in movies, it is easy to find characters who live out their Jewish identities in a variety of different ways. Invite some of these prominent fictional Jews to your Hanukkah lighting this year!

  1. George Costanza, Seinfeld
  2. Maura Pfefferman, Transparent
  3. Alexander Portnoy, Portnoy's Complaint
  4. Porpentina (Tina) Goldstein, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  5. Fievel Mousekewitz, An American Tail
  6. Cindy Hayes, Orange is the New Black
  7. Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof
  8. Abbi and Ilana, Broad City

Looking to accentuate your holiday with something tasty and alcoholic? Drink your way through the holiday with this "Cocktail Menorah," courtesy of The Kiddush Club! Each drink is themed around an important early founder of Rabbinic Judaism.

5th Night: Rav Napa

"Rav Papa," announced the Talmud Fairy. "We ought to dedicate Kiddush Club to him. He invented the siyyum and I think he was a brewer." "Not a vinter?" sighed The President. "Because Rav Napa would make a great wine drink." The North Sider furrowed his distinguished brow at the mention of wine punch and used his excellent photographic eye to assemble just the right colors and textures of fruits. "That would actually taste good with a latke," noted the Sorority President.  Raise a glass of sangria on the fifth night in honor of Rav Papa.

Recipe:  Fill a glass with Moscato and chopped fruit, and top off with a little seltzer.  

Hanukkah Playlist:

As a companion to our eight different ways to light the menorah, we've put together a playlist of songs that feature numbers prominently. Think of it as a cross between lighting the menorah, the "Who Knows One" song from the Passover seder, and Apple Music/Spotify fun. Each "night" features a "shamash" (helper candle) and a countdown of songs starting with that night's number. (There are 44 songs in all, just like the number of candles in a box of Hanukkah candles.)

  1. Shamash/Helper Candle: Set Fire to the Rain (Adele)

  2. Five to One (The Doors)

  3. FourFive Seconds (Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney)

  4. Ex's & Oh's (Elle King)

  5. Two Hearts (Bruce Springsteen)

  6. One (Cast of "A Chorus Line")

Hanukkah Unbound Track of the Night: Listen & Learn

Each night we highlight one of our Hanukkah Unbound "tracks" that you can enjoy! Tonight we highlight our "Listen & Learn" Track. This track offers you a 6-episode podcast series on both the history and the contemporary observance of Hanukkah. Co-hosted by Judaism Unbound's Dan Libenson and Lex Rofes, it features guests Yehuda Kurtzer, Burton Visotzky, Dianne Ashton, Adam Chalom, Ruth Abusch-Magder, and Jay Eidelman. If you're looking for a deep dive into the holiday of Hanukkah from a wide variety of angles, this is the track for you. Listen to one, two, or all of these Hanukkah podcasts by clicking the image below!