Hanukkah Menorah


The 'menorah' or the 'candle holder' forms an integral part of annual Jewish festival, Hanukkah. It is because of this tradition of menorah that this festival is popularly known all across the globe as the 'festival of lights'. The candles in the menorah are placed from the right side to the left. But while lighting the candles in the menorah it is done from the left side to the right. While lighting the menorah blessings are also chanted. The lighting of the candles in the menorah for the consecutive eight nights commemorates brilliantly the eight-day miracle of the Jewish civilization.

  • The menorah or as popularly known 'hanukiyah' holds nine candles. The menorah is first lighted on the sunset of the 24th day of the third month of the Jewish calendar; Kislev.
  • The eight days of the Hanukkah is represented by the eight candles.
  • The ninth one known as the Shamash which is also the tallest among all the other ones is lighted first and then is used for the purpose of lighting the other candles since it is forbidden to use the lights of Hanukkah for any other purposes except viewing.

The candle lighting process begins with one candle and increases by an additional number as the day proceeds.This ritual of lighting an additional candle every other day not only brightens the menorah but gradually glorifies the history of Hanukkah and the miracle of Judea.

Hanukkah Menorah

Facts About Hanukkah

1. How do you light the menorah?

We light candles from left to right. First night we light candle on the right side and left side and on second night we light it on left side.


2. What is the difference between a menorah and a HANUKIAH?

Hanukkah Candles signifies the capacity to sustain intimate relations with another without totally ceding your own sense of self, the ability to love without permanently merging, to be enchanted by the exquisite beauty of another without losing sight of your own charms

The 'menorah' or the 'candle holder' forms an integral part of annual Jewish festival, Hanukkah.The menorah or as popularly known 'hanukiyah' holds nine candles. The menorah is first lighted on the sunset of the 24th day of the third month of the Jewish calendar; Kislev.


3. What do you call the candle holder for Hanukkah?

The menorah or as popularly known 'hanukiyah' holds nine candles. The eight days of the Hanukkah is represented by the eight candles.


4. What is the shamash candle?

The ninth one known as the Shamash which is also the tallest among all the other ones is lighted first and then is used for the purpose of lighting the other candles since it is forbidden to use the lights of Hanukkah for any other purposes except viewing.

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