Friday Fictioneers – Maoz Tzur

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

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PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Maoz Tzur

It was the last day of Hanukkah, and all eight candles of the Hanukkiah blazed in the window. We sang the Haneirot Hallalu and the Maoz Tzur, and we sat down. Papa turned on the lights.

“Can’t we keep the lights off? The candles are so pretty!” asked five-year-old Rebekah.

“The candles are for others to see and know that HaShem saved us. It would not be right to use their light for another purpose,” explained Papa, gently.


“Sit here and I’ll tell you.” Papa patted his lap, and Rebekah climbed up and snuggled there.

“Once upon a time…”

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66 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Maoz Tzur

    • Dear Rochelle
      Thank you for reading and for your lovely comment. I’m glad the story touched you. Thank you, too, for the link – a very lively and committed singing of the prayer!
      Shalom and Happy New Year

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    • Dear Lynn
      Thank you for reading and commenting so perceptively. I think you’ve caught the essence of the emotions surrounding the restriction on the use of the candles. The festival of Hannukah celebrates the restoration of true worship in the temple. The story is that for eight days all the lamps were kept burning by the oil from a single small cruse. So the candles commemorate a miracle. You would want, I feel sure, to only use miraculous provision for the purpose for which it was provided. (Think of manna and quails in the wilderness and what happened to those who abused their provision…)
      With very best wishes


    • Dear Bjorn
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Yes, stories are powerful and shape the future of a culture as well as recording its past and illuminating its present.
      With very best wishes


  1. Lovely! And … in fact the Halachic (Jewish law) rule is that one is NOT to use the light, only to ‘see it’ – it is sang as part of “Hanerot Halallu” (we have no permission to use them, but to see them only”)
    ואין לנו רשות להשתמש בהם, אלא לראותם בלבד
    Well told!
    Now, I wonder what story he’d tell her … 🙂

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  2. The light in the darkness is such a strong symbol, no matter in which religion it is used. This is such a beautiful story, warm, gentle and full of love. And educational.

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