menorah

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A Hanukkah menorah.

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From Hebrew מְנוֹרָה (m'norá). From the same Proto-Semitic root *nūr- (fire) as minaret.

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menorah (plural menoroth or menorot or menorahs)

  1. (Judaism) A holy candelabrum with seven branches used in the Temple of Jerusalem.
  2. (Judaism) A candelabrum with nine branches used in Jewish worship on Hanukkah.
    • 1992, Merrill Joan Gerber, The Kingdom of Brooklyn, Syracuse University Press (2000), →ISBN, pages 76-77:
      My father brings home a big brass antique menorah, shaped like an archway, heavy, on a pedestal, on a round base.
    • 1996, Ann Kimmage, An Un-American Childhood, University of Georgia Press (1996), →ISBN, pages 49-50:
      In America every December my mother had decorated our home with metal Stars of David she hung on strings in the doorways and lit the menorah as we gathered at the table.
    • 2000, Noam Zion & Barbara Spectre, A Different Light: The Hanukkah Book of Celebration, Devora Publishing (2000), →ISBN, page 237:
      However, traditional Sefardi families follow the halacha that each household uses only one menorah lit by the head of the household, to represent everyone in unison.

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