Hanukkah Unbound: 3rd Night


Happy 3rd 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 Three:

Learn more about each of these outside-the-box ways of lighting your Menorah on the 3rd 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 third night of Hanukkah, we highlight our "Fantastic (Jewish) Beasts" list. To explore all of our Ushpizin "tracks," just click here!

Fantastic (Jewish) Beasts: In Judaism past and present, a wide variety of animals and mythical creatures have played an important role in our stories. Enliven your Hanukkah experience by welcoming one of these creatures into your home for candle-lighting each night (just be careful: some might be dangerous!). Learn more about each beast by clicking their names below.

  1. The Golem of Prague
  2. Balaam's Talking Donkey
  3. A Dybbuk
  4. The Ram (who took Isaac's place as a sacrifice)
  5. A Leviathan
  6. The Dove (From Noah's Ark)
  7. The Nephilim
  8. Metatron

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.

3rd Night: Rabban Gin-liel

"We need purple," declared the Nuclear Engineer, who was actually paying attention to the spreadsheet of ingredients, colors, and rabbis. Your Hostess clapped excitedly as the new bottle of crème de violette was considered. "How do we get fish in there?" wondered The Scholar, alluding to Gamaliel's four types of students, but causing a brief panic at the thought of revisiting the herring martini. In the end, things went swimmingly and we settled on a pun; on the third night, raise a Rabban Gin-liel.

Recipe: 2 oz gin, 3/4 oz. crème de violette, 1/2 oz. lemon juice. Add a splash of brine from pickled grapes (or another splash of lemon juice); garnish with a pickled grape* and a sprig of Thai basil. (*We highly recommend the pickled grape recipe from The Gefilte Manifesto, by Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz.)

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: Candle in the Wind (Elton John)

  2. Three Times a Lady (The Commodores)

  3. Nothing Compares 2 U (Sinead O'Connor)

  4. One Way or Another (Blondie)

Hanukkah Unbound Track of the Night: Light

Each night we highlight one of our Hanukkah Unbound "tracks" that you can enjoy! Tonight we highlight our "Light" Track, which outlines eight different creative ways for you to light a Menorah! Check out all of them by clicking the image below!