Hanukkah influenced by gift-giving culture

Over the years, as Christmas has grown into THE major holiday in the U.S. calendar, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah has been pulled along in its wake and for many developed its own traditions. Read more
Basher

Long Beach, CA

#1 Dec 1, 2010
so??????????
Squeezed Citizen

Downey, CA

#2 Dec 1, 2010
I am not a Jew, but am curious about the menorah. I have seen several with different numbers of candles / lights. Some have 7, some 8, and some 9. Is there any significance from these numbers? Thank you / Tom
Downtown Resident

Bellflower, CA

#3 Dec 1, 2010
They should all be 9...

8 for the and the 1 in the middle :)

Now go enjoy some Potato Pancakes :)
Downtown Resident

Bellflower, CA

#4 Dec 1, 2010
8 for each night I meant to say
Squeezed Citizen

Downey, CA

#5 Dec 1, 2010
Thank you for the clarification. / Tom
Eric

Glen Ellyn, IL

#6 Dec 1, 2010
Actually, there are 2 types of Menorahs. One for Chanukah-which is actually called a Chanukiah. It has 9 branches. One for each day the oil kept burning and one used to hold the light that lights the other branches.

An actual Menorah not used for Chanukah has 7 branches. It is the oldest symbol of those who worship the monotheistic G-d of Abraham most of whom are known as Jews today. It is described in the Book of Exodus, 25:31 et seq. If you look at the official seal of Israel it is the Menorah described in the Book of Exodus.

http://www.stateofisrael.com/ [upper right corner]

“Proud Southerner”

Since: May 07

Israel, betach b'HaShem!

#7 Dec 2, 2010
Squeezed Citizen wrote:
I am not a Jew, but am curious about the menorah. I have seen several with different numbers of candles / lights. Some have 7, some 8, and some 9. Is there any significance from these numbers? Thank you / Tom
9 for the Chnukkiah on Channukah.

7 is the Menora.

“Proud Southerner”

Since: May 07

Israel, betach b'HaShem!

#8 Dec 2, 2010
Have a wonderful Chanukkah, Achim.

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