Chances are you have seen menorahs that use wax candles, but it’s traditional to use oil, just like the Maccabees. You and your family can make a simple oil menorah at home. (Just remember, never leave your lit menorah unattended).
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- 8 glass votives of equal size
- 1 taller glass votive for the shamash, the helper candle that lights the others
- Olive oil
- Floating wicks (found at Judaica stores or online)
- Wax candle
- Arrange your votives on a piece of aluminum foil or other heat-safe surface, placing the shamash in the middle.
- Pour an equal amount of water into each votive, then add a little olive oil to each one — the more you add, the longer it will burn.
- Place floating wicks on top.
- With adult supervision, light the wick on the shamash.
- With a grown-ups help, use the shamash flame to light a wax candle, then use that candle to light the other wicks.
- Enjoy the lights together.
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