menorah means: Menorah, a seven-branched candle made of olive oil and lit in the Tabernacle or Temple in Jerusalem by olive oil. One of the most ancient symbols used by the Jewish people is the menorah. The symbol is believed to represent the burning bush, as Moses saw it Exodus 25, 25. A symbol that is closely linked to the Jewish holiday Hanukkah, too, is the Menorah. The Talmud states that after the destruction of Jerusalem’s Jewish Temple, only enough consecrated and thus not idolatry sealed olive oil was left to power the Temple’s eternal flame for one day. Amazingly, the oil burned for eight consecutive days. This was sufficient time to obtain new oil and finish rebuilding Temple. Therefore, the Hanukkah Menorah has nine candles holders instead of seven. Four holders are placed on each side to symbolize the eight-day celebration of the miracle oil. The Shamash is the center and serves to light all the candles. This type of menorah technically is a Hanukiah. However, it is often called the “menorah in Hanukkah”. (in Community Dictionary, added by Eric Petty)
What else does menorah mean?
- An eight-branched candelabrum that is used to celebrate Hanukkah. (in AZ Dictionary)
- The ceremonial seven-branched, seven-branched candelabrum from the Jewish Temple that symbolizes the seven days in the Creation. (in AZ Dictionary)