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Hannukiot for My Daughters


Naomi’s birth sign is Gemini. She is fire and water, black pearl and white pearl.

Melanie’s birth sign is Aries, and thus a stylized ram’s horn on the bird’s crest holds the shammash candle. Melanie is also a bird-watcher, at home in forest and water.

Moshe Zabari encouraged me early in my artistic explorations to continue creating thoughtful ritual Judaica.  Moshe returned to his native Jerusalem after a distinguished career as the chief silversmith at the Jewish Museum in New York. With the winnings from the Spertus prize, I commissioned him to make these hannukiot for my daughters . . . and to have the opportunity to work with him to create beauty during the rugged time of the Second Intifada and Gulf War .

⊕ Sterling silver

⊗ Glass beads applied to felt

↔ 40 cm / 8″

⊥ 15 cm / 6″

⌊ 6.5 cm / 2.5″

Moshe Zabari

↑ Photo: Russ Jones