Saturday, December 16, 2017

5th Night of Hanukkah

The Hanukkah candelabra is known as a hanukkiyah, not a menorah. The menorah is the seven-wicked candelabra that stood in the Jerusalem Temple. It became a symbol of Judaism and is carved into one of the gates of Rome as a symbol of the Roman conquest of Judea in 70 C.E. The hanukkiyah, in contrast, has nine wicks. One wick, typically in the center, is set apart from the others and known as the shamash, or “head” candle. It is used to light the other eight candles. BY RABBI EVAN MOFFIC

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