Hanukkah Unbound: 4th Night


Happy 4th 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 Four:

Learn more about each of these outside-the-box ways of lighting your Menorah on the 4th 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 fourth night of Hanukkah, we highlight our "Sports Heroes" list. To explore all of our Ushpizin "tracks," just click here!

Sports Heroes: Many groups have historically understood Hanukkah as a time to honor the victory of the Maccabees in battle. You can invite another group that seeks out victory to your candle-lighting as well -- athletes! Each night, welcome in a Jewish athlete who has made an indelible mark on the world of sports. Learn more about each one by clicking their names.

  1. Hank Greenberg
  2. Aly Raisman
  3. Gabe Carimi
  4. Dara Torres
  5. Max Baer
  6. Senda Berenson Abbott
  7. Gretel Bergmann
  8. Philadelphia Sphas

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.

4th Night: Hil-Lillet The Elder

"It's wrong to do an old man's drink for Hillel the Elder, right?" wondered the Nuclear Engineer, in the tone Your Hostess has come to know means the next drink will be very, very right. "Maybe…can we call it a classic drink? Even though we mean elderly?" We compromised with a riff on James Bonds' beloved Vesper, with a splash of elderflower liqueur to disguise our less-than-flattering thoughts. On the fourth night, raise a Hil-Lillet the Elder to honor classic rabbis...and classic drinks.

Recipe: 4 parts gin, .5 part vodka, .5 part Lillet, .5 elderflower liqueur. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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: Burn (Ellie Goulding)

  2. Count on Me (Bruno Mars)

  3. ABC (The Jackson 5)

  4. Two of Us (The Beatles)

  5. One Thing Leads to Another (The Fixx)

Hanukkah Unbound Track of the Night: Listen

Each night we highlight one of our Hanukkah Unbound "tracks" that you can enjoy! Tonight we highlight our "Listen" Track. Part of it, our night-by-night Hanukkah playlist, is featured directly above. But for a full, 33-song playlist of contemporary songs related to Hanukkah and some of its themes, click the image below!