The Temple Menorah in Jerusalem

The Temple Menorah in Jerusalem

The Temple Menorah in Jerusalem is a seven branched candelabra and an official emblem of the Israeli state. For thousand of years, the Temple Menorah has been a Jewish symbol of exile and promised redemption. 

According to the Torah, the bible in Hebrew, Moses was ordered by God to construct the Menorah as followed: ‘’And you shall make a menorah of pure gold; it shall be made of beaten work: Its base, stem and cups, spheres and flowers must all be hammered out of a single piece of gold. And six branches shall extend from its sides, three branches of the menorah out of one side, and three branches out of the other side’’  (Exodus 25:31).

Following that, Moses set up the Menorah in the wilderness of the desert and later on it filled a major role in the temple, as its seven lamps were lit from morning to evening from fresh olive oil. The Temple Menorah was crowned as the greatest of all Temple vessels.  It is said that the menorah’s light was so infinite that it ascended beyond the temple and lit every house in Jerusalem. 

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