Hanukkah Unbound: 2nd Night


Happy 2nd 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 2:

Learn more about each of these outside-the-box ways of lighting your Menorah on the 2nd 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 first night of Hanukkah, we will highlight our "Alternative Biblical Figures" list. To explore all of our Ushpizin "tracks," just click here!

Image Credit: ObscureCharacters.com

Image Credit: ObscureCharacters.com

Alternative Biblical Figures: Some of the Bible's most fascinating characters often fly under the radar. This Hanukkah, welcome these unheralded heroes, male and female, Jewish and not, to your candle-lighting! Click on the corresponding hyperlink to learn more about each night's guest.

  1. Hagar
  2. Nahshon
  3. Zilpah and Bilhah
  4. Bezalel
  5. MahlahNoaHoglahMilcah, and Tirzah (The Daughters of Zelophehad)
  6. Hur
  7. Rahab
  8. Jeroboam

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.

2nd Night: The Green Rabbi

"We have to bring in the Nuclear Engineer's favorite rabbi," insisted the Physicist. "Yochanan ben Zakkai." Our Scholar laughed. "Oh yeah! 'If you're holding a sapling and someone tells you, 'the Messiah is coming!', first plant the tree'." "Really?" complained The Founder, "Those are his priorities? Why do we all have that friend whose altruism trumps common sense? I thought Talmud understood practicalities better than that." And with that, Kiddush Club erupted into the argument we'd abandoned at the end of the Democratic primaries--a series of small, concrete improvements (like planting a tree) or the all-consuming work of sweeping reform? Meanwhile, the Nuclear Engineer pulled together a tree-lover's drink; on the second night, lift a glass with rosemary spring to remind you, saplings first. 

Recipe: 1 part gin, 1 part midori. Top off with tonic water. Garnish with rosemary and cucumber.

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: Fire (The Pointer Sisters) 

  2. Just the Two of Us (Grover Washington, Jr.)

  3. One (U2)

Hanukkah Unbound Track of the Night: Give

Each night we highlight one of our Hanukkah Unbound "tracks" that you can enjoy! Tonight we highlight our "Give" Track, a gift guide that you can use to buy gifts for family or friends! Check out our full guide by clicking the image below.