Menorah outside the Knesset
The official emblem of the State of Israel. the menorah once stood in the Jewish Temple and to this day is part of the celebration of Hanukkah, when Jews worldwide light an 8 armed Menorah in memory of the miracle of oil tin which lit the Menorah in the Temple for 8 days, even though there was not enough oil to light the Menorah for eight days.
The menorah was an important part of the ancient Temple, and it was lit every day by priests in sacramental ceremonies. The menorah has been a symbol of Jewish life for thousands of years, and it is now displayed proudly outside the Israeli parliament- the Knesset- where it attracts many visitors every day.
This statue was designed by Benno Elken, a British artist who gave it to the State of Israel as a gift in 1956. Embedded within it are engravings of 30 important events in Jewish history.