Menorah Candle Lighting

The Hanukkah menorah, also Chanukiah or Hanukkiah (Hebrew: מנורת חנוכה Menorat Hanukkah, is a nine-branched candelabrum lit during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah, as opposed to the seven-branched menorah used in the ancient Temple or as a symbol.

On each night of Hanukkah a new branch is lit. The ninth holder, called the shamash ("helper" or "servant"), is for a candle used to light all other candles and/or to be used as an extra light. To be kosher the shamash must be offset on a higher or lower plane than the main eight candles or oil lamps.  The menorah is a traditional symbol of Judaism, along with the Star of David and is incorporated into all kinds of Israeli art and cultural objects.  

Watching the candles being lit at Judaism's holies sites is always such a great experience and not to be missed if you’re lucky to be in Jerusalem for Hanukkah.  

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