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Replica of the Temple menorah

The Menorah (Hebrew: מנורה , Menorah), is a seven-branched lampstand (candelabrum, candlestick), and one of the main symbols of Judaism. Not to be confused with the Hanukkah Menorah (Hebrew: חנוכיה, chanukiah or hanukiah), a candelabrum with nine branches,[1] eight branches plus one, the shamash, most of the times mobile, used on Hanukkah.[2] Currently, the Menorah is a symbol of the State of Israel together with Star of David.

During the period of the Temple, a Menorah, full of olive oil, was permanently lit in the Temple of Jerusalem.[3] It was placed at the left as the priest entered the Holy Place.[4]

See also


  1. Gilbert, Martin, ed. (1990). The Ilustrated Atlas of the Jewish Civilization. New York: MacMillan. p. 86. ISBN 0-02-543415-2. 
  2. Barnavi, Eli, ed. (1992). A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People. New York: Schocken Books. p. 226-239. ISBN 0-8052-4127-2. 
  3. Unterman, Alan (1997). Dictionary of Jewish Lore & Legend. Thames and Hudson. ISBN 978-0500279847. 
  4. Douglas, J.D.; Tenney, Merril C, ed. (1987). The New International Dictionary of the Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House. p. 581-582. ISBN 0-310-33190-0.