Stone relief bearing a carved figure of the Jewish Seven-Branched Menorah from 3rd-4th century CE at the Rockefeller museum East Jerusalem Israel
Contributor:Eddie Gerald / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:4800 x 3191 px | 40.6 x 27 cm | 16 x 10.6 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:18 November 2006
The menorah, one of Judaism's oldest symbols, is a seven-branched candelabrum or oil lamp. The term menorah is also used for the lamp holder with spaces for nine candles or oil lamps that are lit during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah. The menorah used during Hanukkah is also called a hanukkiah. One of the spaces in the hanukkiah is raised above the others and is used for an auxiliary light, the shamash, which guards against secular use of the other candles or oil lamps and is also used to light them. Each night an additional light is kindled - one on the first night, two on the second night, and so on - until on the eighth night of Hanukkah all eight lights, plus the shamash, are lit.