First Chanuka Candle Lit at the Kosel

Photos: Dovber Hechtman/

The first candle of Chanuka was lit at the Kosel Plaza, the site closest to where the miracle of Chanuka took place, by Mayor Moshe Lion and Rabbi of the Kosel Shmuel Rabinowitz.

Photos: Dovber Hechtman/

As in previous years, Chanukah candles were lit every night of Chanukah at the Kosel Plaza, the site closest to where the miracle of the oil took place.

The first candle of Chanuka was lit on Sunday evening by Mayor of Yerushalayim Moshe Lion, and Rabbi of the Western Wall Shmuel Rabinowitz.

The candles will be lit in a magnificent menorah made of bronze which is over 2 meters high and about 2 meters wide, weighs one ton and took about seven months to create.

The Chanukah candles will be lit with olive oil, in special holders that are wind and rain-proof so the menorah can stay lit throughout the night.

Following are the Chanukah 2022 candle-lighting times at the Western Wall Plaza:

  • First Night of Chanukah – December 18, 2022 – 4:30pm
  • Second Night of Chanukah – December 19, 2022 – 4:30pm
  • Third Night of Chanukah – December 20, 2022 – 4:30pm
  • Fourth Night of Chanukah – December 21, 2022 – 4:30pm
  • Fifth Night of Chanukah – December 22, 2022 – 4:30pm
  • Sixth Night of Chanukah – December 23, 2022 – 3:30pm
  • Seventh Night of Chanukah – December 24, 2022 – 7:30pm
  • Eighth Night of Chanukah – December 25, 2022 – 4:30pm

The candle-lighting ceremonies will be broadcast live.

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