Number of Branches on Menorah

August 21, 2011 | by

I'm confused. My Chanukah menorah has 9 branches, but the Menorah in our synagogue has 7. Why the difference?

The Aish Rabbi Replies

The original menorah was the one Moses made for the Tabernacle in the desert. That one, and the ones in the Holy Temples, had 7 branches (6 + the center), as directed in Exodus 25:31-32.

The Chanukah menorah commemorates the 8-day miracle of Chanukah, which we celebrate Chanukah for 8 days. Therefore the Chanukah Menorah has 8 branches, with a ninth one used as the Shamash, set somewhat apart from the others.

Best wishes for a de"light"ful Chanukah.


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