One of the most cherished of the Jewish Holidays, the festival of Hanukkah (also spelled Hanuka, and pronounced Chanuka in Hebrew) occupies a place of honor on any holiday calendar. Celebrating the victory of the Maccabees over the Greeks in ancient Israel and Jerusalem, Hanukkah is observed for eight days and nights.
On each night, Hanukkah candles are places in a Hanukkah menorah (also spelled menora, and known as a Hanukkiah, or Chanukkiah in Hebrew) and lit, with the number of candles corresponding with the counting of the days of the festival. On the first night one candle is lit, and one is added each night until on the eighth and final night eight candles shine together in harmony, joined by the ‘shamash’ (Hebrew for sexton, or helper), which is used to light the other candles and is then displayed alongside them.
The Hanukkah menorah is undoubtedly the most prominent symbol of Hanukkah, leaving the dreidel (spinning top), latkes (potato pancakes), sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) and exchange of Hanukkah gifts far behind.
Alim studio has created a dazzling menorah, which will lend a modern flavor to this age-old tradition. Nine small stone-shaped candle holders are crafted in similar, sleek and modern shapes, and designs to hold standard sized Hanukkah candles. Unlike most menorahs, the candle holders are not connected to one another, allowing the user to arrange as many candle holders as are necessary that night, and arrange them as he or she pleases – bearing in mind that Halakhic [Jewish Rabbinic Law] requirements limit the layouts that constitute ‘kosher’ lighting of the Hanukkah candles.
This unique menorah can be made from either of two possible metals – aluminum and brass, and comes with 8 small (each stone is 2.5 cm, or 1 inch in diameter) and 1 large (3.5 cm, or 1.4 inch) stone to serve as the Shamash.
This dazzling menorah for Sale is a great piece of modern Israeli judaica (Jewish ceremonial art) and Israeli art, and a great conversation-starter. Additionally, it’s the perfect Bar or Bat Mitzvah gift, engagement gift, anniversary gift and of course, Hanukkah gift.