Hanukkiah & Shabbat Candlesticks- Nickel
This ingenious Hanukkah Menorah is Jerusalem themed. This regal candle holder features nine cups for Hanukkah on one side and two on the other for Sabbath. The cups can hold candles or oil cups and are each is decorated with a detailed view of Jerusalem and a diamond pattern. The base of this amazing piece features a similar depiction of Jerusalem that also focuses on the Western Wall and includes details such as palm trees, arches and windows.
The Hanukkiah is a candelabrum used specifically for Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. According to the history of the holiday, the Great Temple was destroyed by the Greeks during the Greco-Judean war. When the Jews returned to their ruined Temple, they saw that the Greeks had contaminated the oil jars. They could not find enough pure oil to light the Menorah. When almost all hope was lost, they came across one jar of pure oil that was expected to burn out after a single day was over. It was a Miracle of Light when the small quantity of oil found was sufficient for 8 days, just enough time for the fresh oil supply to reach the Temple.
To commemorate this miracle, every year during Hanukkah, a special menorah with eight branches and one holder (shamash) in the middle is lit for eight consecutive days. This menorah is called a Hanukkiah. On the first night, a single candle is lit by the ninth candle, which is called the Shamash. The Shamash, traditionally placed in the center of the Hanukkiah, is used to light the other eight candles. Each night, an additional candle is added until all of the candles are lit on the 8th night.
Doing double duty, this Hanukkah menorah converts to a set of Shabbat candlesticks making it useful throughout the year. The platform that holds the row of nine candleholders for Chanukkiah simply flips over to reveal only two candleholders to be used on Sabbath (Shabbat). Nickel plated.
Measures 11.5" x 2.5"
Imported from Israel