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Chanukahcover1500The Menorah: Bearer of the Light

From MazorGuide to Jewish Holidays
By: Rivka C. Berman

In contrast to other lively winking, blinking and full color holiday light displays, the flames on the Chanukah menorah candelabra are hushed. What is remarkable is their ability to bring light to the darkest corners – though the flames are so few.

It’s somewhat ironic that though Jews light at maximum nine candles – a pathetic number of holiday lights in other settings – the holiday has become known as the Festival of Light. This name is not found in classical Jewish sources.

The main symbol of the holiday is a menorah known in Modern Hebrew as a chanukiyah. This name was invented to distinguish the seven-branched menorah that stood in Jerusalem’s ancient Holy Temple and the nine branches of the candelabra lit on Chanukah.

How to Chanukah includes a section that expands on the Chanukah Candle Lighting ceremony and the blessings recited.

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