Hanukkah Unbound: 6th Night


Happy 6th 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 Six:

Learn more about each of these outside-the-box ways of lighting your Menorah on the 6th 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 sixth night of Hanukkah, we highlight our "Jew-Ish" list. To explore all of our Ushpizin "tracks," just click here!

Jew-ish: Many well-known historical figures have been Jewish without affiliating with Jewish institutions (at least, not very much). Often, this lack of institutional affiliation that has been seen as a disappointing reality by Jewish communal leaders. We think, however, that these individuals deserve an honored place at our nightly Hanukkah lighting. Judaism can and does manifest in many different ways, and our podcast has explored the idea of exit from organizational affiliation as an important form of dissent. The lives and contributions of these guests constitute alternative ways to live a meaningful Jewish life. 

  1. Gertrude Stein
  2. Sigmund Freud
  3. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  4. Niels Bohr
  5. Scarlett Johansson
  6. Bob Dylan
  7. Barbra Streisand
  8. Albert Einstein

Cocktail of the Night:

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.

6th Night: Elazar Ben Arak

"We'll do Elazar ben Arach!" crowed the Local Scholar. "We have some arak left over from the B.O.A.Z., right?" Your Hostess groaned. "You should probably use the blood-orange soda,too. That's the night I learned "arak and citrus" is synonymous with 'Gap Year in Israel'. " It was a funny experience for our crowd--most of us don't have a cultural context for a year like that. Maybe that's why a mix of juice and arak tasted a little off to us, a drink we couldn't connect to. We added a generous splash of elderflower, mellowing out the strong flavors that stood in opposition. On the sixth night, toast to finding common ground with the Elizar ben Arak.

Recipe: 4 parts blood orange soda, 1 part arak, 1/2 part elderflower liqueur.  Garnish with a leaf of pineapple sage (basil can substitute). 

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: I'm on Fire (Bruce Springsteen)

  2. Route 66 (Chuck Berry)

  3. 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)

  4. For Your Eyes Only (Blondie)

  5. 3 am (Meghan Trainor)

  6. Two Hearts Beat as One (U2)

  7. One More Chance (The Jackson Five)

Hanukkah Unbound Track of the Night: Play

Each night we highlight one of our Hanukkah Unbound "tracks" that you can enjoy! Tonight we highlight our "Play" Track. This track features a new version of Dreidel that we're calling "Dreidel: Unbound." Some of the same general format as the classic game, but with many additional twists. If you'd like to give Dreidel: Unbound a try (or...a roll?!), you can do so by clicking the image below.