The Menorah candelabrum is one of the main traditional Jewish symbols together with the Star of David. There are actually two types of Menorah, each with a different number of candle holders. This post deals with the Hanukkah Menorah which is also known in Hebrew as the ‘chanukkiyah‘. With nine branches, this curved iron Menorah has been hand-forged by talented craftsman Steven Bronstein from the US state of Vermont.
Contemporary versions of this age-old traditional design have become more popular in recent years but they are not for everyone. This Menorah harks back to the historical seven-branched menorah from the ancient Temple. Whilst the classic curve of this Jewish ceremonial art piece does add a modern touch, the arched shaped of the candle branches stays true to the original style.
In the center of this iron Hanukkah Menorah is the ‘shamash’, the ninth branch, which holds the candle used to light the other eight over the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah. This is distinguished from the others, as is traditional, by a pronounced elevation from the rest. The important Jewish holiday celebrates the liberation and rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem after the successful Jewish revolt against the Seleucid monarchy by 165 BCE. Judah Maccabee and his brothers instituted the festival of Hanukkah (Chanukah) in celebration of this event.
Bronstein’s hand-forged iron Hanukkah Menorah is a simple yet attractive 9-branched candelabrum. It can be used during Hanukkah celebrations and/or throughout the year as a decorative item. Whether Jewish or not, this candelabrum will bring historical and religious significance to your home interior and will become a focal point to any room in which it is placed.
You can buy this Menorah from here: Hand-Forged Iron Jewish Hanukkah Menorah.