rass. A solid round base with seven slender branches arching upward, each encircling a miniature candle. An ancient sacred relic. The polished surface gleams in the reflection of its seven flickering flames. It is a menorah, delicately fashioned yet without ornate design; a reminder of Israel’s desert sanctuary. To me, it is a symbol of worship, of unity, of security.
The menorah originated as the seven-branched candlestick in the wilderness tabernacle of Moses. The lights burned continuously, never extinguished all at once. It was part of the special furniture in the holy place, pointing to the heavenly sanctuary. It was also the basis of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, a celebration of the time the wicks (so it’s been said) miraculously burned without oil for eight days during the Maccabean fight ... »