One of the most recognizable symbols in all religions is the Jewish Menorah. The branches are easy to identify, and their history and story are told every year at family and religious gatherings. They are made out of a variety of materials including olive wood, but each one is built to last for decades. If you are unaware of the history, it’s encouraged that you research the available information that not only breaks down their meaning but the significance of each kind of Menorah. Yes, there are different types, most notably the Hanukkah Menorah.
Learning about the history and significance of this religious artifact brings you closer to the faith. Knowing that for thousands of years these artifacts have told such a unique and rich history makes the stories even more significant. Here are some of the basics about their history that you should know.
The Jewish Menorah is first mentioned in the bible in Exodus: Chapter 25. They were built in Temples and every night the priests would light them during services and clean them every morning, replacing the oil and wicks that had burned away. After the destruction of Temples, the Jewish Menorah was no longer made for years out of fear of persecution. However, new designs with one fewer candle were crafted to replace the original design. This type has been used for centuries but in modern times you can find different rabbis using different options including the original seven-branched menorah.
Menorah is actually the Hebrew word for “lamp.” That’s significant because its original use was for light. Now, the artifact is more often seen during holidays, it has become a symbol of Hanukkah. However, the true story behind it is that it was used daily for people who were attending service and praying.
As we learn more about this unique item, we also seek out some of the unique stories behind it. Who can imagine an artifact being banned from use for years, only to be transformed into one of the most symbolic and well-known religious symbols in the world today. The true story about the artifact is about faith and commitment. Rather than having the idea of the Menorah fade out, it now stands stronger and more identifiable than ever before.
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Religious artifacts tell a great story about the history of our faith and beliefs. We identify our faith with these symbols and try to make them as visible in our home as possible in an effort to not only show pride in our faith but also as a reminder to us about the rich history we come from. Religion is as much about history as anything and before you consider purchasing an artifact, you should take some time to learn about the story behind it as well as how it is used and thought of today. If you are interested in learning more about our selection of Jewish Menorah’s including how and where they are created, please feel free to reach out to our team.