Hanukkah Unbound: 7th Night

Happy 7th 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 Seven:

Learn more about each of these outside-the-box ways of lighting your Menorah on the 7th 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 seventh night of Hanukkah, we highlight our "Social Justice Champions" list. To explore all of our Ushpizin "tracks," just click here!

Social Justice Champions: Many Jewish individuals and groups have done their part to make the world a better place. Over the course of many eras and in many different locations, they have fought for justice. Invite eight of these social justice champions to join you in kindling the Hanukkah lights.

  1. Harvey Milk
  2. Emma Goldman
  3. Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman
  4. Roberta Kaplan
  5. The White Rose Movement
  6. Bella Abzug
  7. David Einhorn
  8. Bertha Pappenheim

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.

7th Night: ShamMai-Tai

"So it turns out the almond syrup is kosher," mentioned the Sorority President. "I guess I'll have to buy the clear curacao, so we can make a real MaiTai at shul." See, the blue curacao is one of our Kiddush Club go-tos; it started as a joke (what could be more Jewish than blue and white drinks?), but now we're more-or-less champions of this underdog liquor than never seems to win its way into respectable drinks...which made us think of another rabbi that everyone knows, but few seem to follow. On the seventh night, honor blue curacao (and the rabbi best known for dissenting opinions) by drinking a ShamMai-Tai.

Recipe: 1.5 parts light rum, .5 part blue curaco, .5 part orgeat (almond syrup), 2 parts pineapple juice. Shake, top with a splash of dark rum. (Pour the rum over a spoon and down the side of a glass, or splash and wait a minute for the layers to separate.) 


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 The Flame (Cheap Trick)

  2. Seven Bridges Road (The Eagles)

  3. Six Blocks Away (Lucinda Williams)

  4. 500 Miles (Peter, Paul & Mary)

  5. For You (Bruce Springsteen)

  6. Gimme Three Steps (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

  7. Man With Two Hearts (Men at Work)

  8. One More Night (Maroon 5)

Hanukkah Unbound Track of the Night: Read, Watch

Each night we highlight one of our Hanukkah Unbound "tracks" that you can enjoy! Tonight we highlight our "Read, Watch" Track. This track is a diverse one that includes Hanukkah-themed episodes of popular television shows, works of non-fiction you can read about Hanukkah, and much more. If you want to experience the Hanukkah Unbound: Read, Watch track, do so by clicking the image below!