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One of the oldest symbols of the Jewish faith is the 7 branch menorah.

 

Unlike the 9 branch Hanukkah menorah, the 7 branch menorah has no Shamash, and it has just seven branches, that is because the purpose of the Hanukkah menorah is to remember the miracle of oil at Hanukkah, whereas the 7 branch menorah was the vessel that G-d used to blend the spiritual life that is to come with the physical life of this world.

According to the commandment in Exodus 25:31- 41 the Kohanim should light the menorah in the Sanctuary every evening and clean it out every morning, replacing the wicks and putting fresh olive oil into the cups.

 

The 7 branch menorah can come in many different sizes and can be lit with oil, candles and today you can even find electric ones.

There are various styles of menorahs:  for example, the “Large Cups Menorah” is considered closest to the menorah that was found in the temple and the “12 Tribes Menorah” carries the symbols of each of the 12 tribes of Israel: Asher, Benjamin, Dan, Gad, Issachar, Joseph, Judah, Levi, Naphtali, Reuben, Simeon and Zebulon.

The Gold Menorah

Gold Menorah – according to canonical sources, is produced in the exact same form as the menorah that stood in the ancient Jewish Temple, The Beit HaMikdash, in Jerusalem

The menorah is a symbol of peace and light that Israel should spread to the entire world. The sages emphasize that Israel is to accomplish its mission by setting an example, not by using force. This idea is highlighted in the vision in Zechariah 4:1-6. Zechariah sees a menorah, and G-d explains: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit.” Here G-d explains that Israel should spread peace by the power of his spirit- the power of light- the power of the menorah.