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Imaginative menorahs give new twist to ancient tradition

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/chanukah/article/imaginative_menorahs_give_new_twist_to_ancient_tradition_20061215

Moses made the first menorah. God commanded him to hammer out an ornate, free-standing, seven-branched candelabrum, replete with cups, knobs and flowers, from a solid piece of gold. Back then, in the desert tabernacle, and later in the First and Second Temple, the menorah fulfilled a largely inspirational and symbolic function. It was lit with the purest oil in an outside area, and it was meant to illuminate the world with the light of God and the Torah.But the menorah has changed over time.

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