Jewish candlestick: description, history and meaning

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  1. What is it?
  2. As appeared?
  3. Interesting Facts

In any religion, the fire occupies a special place – it is a mandatory component in almost all rituals. In this article we will look at such a ritual Jewish attribute as a Jewish candlestick out of 7 candles. About his views, origin, location and importance in modern theology, and also read a lot in this article.

    What is it?

    This candlestick is called Menoraor or Minor. According to Moses, the semots must remind the stems of a branched tree, its tops symbolize cups, decorations – these are symbols of apples and flowers. The number of candles – 7 pieces – also has its explanation.

    Six sides of the sides are tree branches, and the seventh in the middle symbolizes the trunk.

    Real Menoras should be made of solid gold pieces. From the latter by chasing the hammer and cutting with other tools, the branches of the semots are formed. In general, such a candlestick symbolized the light that proceeded from the temple and illuminated the land. Now such sevenves can have many varieties, and the various decorations on them among the Jews are only welcome.

    As appeared?

    Candles were always used in worship services almost from the very occurrence of any religion. However, later they replaced the candlesticks everywhere. But despite this, in Judaism, the candles in Menor began to be used much later than the rest of the beliefs. Initially, only lamps were placed on the semots. There is a theory according to which 7 candles symbolized 7 planets.

    According to another theory, seven candles are 7 days, during which God created our world.

    It is believed that the very first Israeli semots was created by Jews still during the desert travel, and later was installed in the Jerusalem Temple. During the ware in the desert, this lamp was lit in front of each sunset, and in the morning cleared and prepared for the next ignition. The first Menorah was in the Jerusalem Temple for a long period, until he was abducted during the robbed campaign of the ancient Roman Empire.

    According to some information, together with the main seven, in the temple there were another 9 of the same copies of gold. Later, in the Middle Ages, the seventence has become one of the main symbols of Judaism. Some time later, he became a full-fledged and important sign and emblem for those who took the Jewish faith. It happened after, according to the legend of Maccaveyev’s martyrs during his struggle for freedom, the sevenves who burned 8 days in a row.

    Event this took place in 164 to n. NS. It is this candlestick after turned into an eight-day, which is also called the Hanucal candlestick. Few people paid attention to this, but the semots are depicted on the coat of arms of the modern state Israel.

    Nowadays, this golden attribute is used for every worship of the Jewish temple.

    Interesting Facts

    • In Jewish lamps, the candles were never lit, the oil was burning in them.
    • For the burning of Menora, only the oil of the first press could be used. It was the cleanest and did not require filtering. Other quality oil needed to clean, because they were not allowed to use.
    • The word “Menorah” is translated from Hebrew as a “lamp”.
    • It is strictly forbidden to make the manufacture of lamps, which, according to its design, copy Menor. It is impossible to make them not only of gold, but also from other metals. Even in the temples, candlesticks with large or smaller branches are used as lamps.

    About how the Jewish candlestick looks like, see his history and meaning in the following video.

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