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In Judaism
In synagogues the Ner Tamid is a continuously burning lamp which hangs over the ark. It is a symbol of the "western lamp" which was the eternal light that constantly burned in the Temple of Jerusalem. Furthermore, it is a symbol of God's unwavering presence and our never-ending faith in God so they never put out the flame. It also symbolizes the guiding light of the Torah and the ever- lasting covenant between God and the Jewish people. They are also intended to draw parallels between God and fire, or light, which is emphasized throughout the book of Exodus in the Torah.
In a Reform synagogue, it is often used to symbolize the light released from the shards of the receptacles that God used to create light and goodness. These lights are never allowed to dim or go out, and in the case of electric problems, different emergency energy sources are often used to prevent it from ending. Though they were once fueled by oil, most today are electric lights. The Ner tamids at Temple Sinai in Worcester, MA, and Temple Israel in Minneapolis, MN, are solar powered, symbolizing that synagogue's commitment to reducing dependencies on non-renewable resources.

The eternal light is the main reason to one of many stories behind the celebration of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. When the ancient Maccabees rebelled and reclaimed the Temple of Jerusalem, they relit the eternal light. However, there was only oil sufficient to keep the flame burning for one day, and it took eight days to bring new oil. Miraculously, the flame continued to burn until the new oil arrived.

It is often associated with the menorah, the seven-branched lampstand which stood in front of the Temple of Jerusalem. The Menorah is one of the oldest symbols of the Jewish faith. It menorah in the First and Second Temples had seven branches. After the Temples were destroyed, a tradition developed not to duplicate anything from the Temple and therefore menorah's no longer had seven branches. The use of six-branched menorahs became popular, but, in modern times, some rabbis have gone back to the seven-branched menorahs, arguing that they are not the same as those used in the Temple because today's are electrified. The nine-branched menorah used on Chanukah is commonly patterned after this menorah, because Chanukah commemorates the miracle that a day's worth of oil for this menorah lasted eight days.
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What does each candle represent on a Menorah?

There are two forms of the Menorah. Chanukah Menorah After the defiling of the Temple by the Greeks, during itsrededication someone found some unsullied olive oil with which tolight the Menorah. There was only enough oil to burn for one day,but it miraculously lasted for 8 days. This miracle is sy ( Full Answer )

What is the name of the middle candle on the Menorah?

The middle candle on the Menorah is called a Shamash - with the "a" being pronounced as in "father" and the stress being on the last syllable - [shaMASH]. However, it needn't be the middle candle - sometimes the shamash is at the end of the row and sometimes next to it. Customary configuratio ( Full Answer )

When do you put the candles in the menorah?

On Hanukkah. Hanukkah always starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev, and lasts for eight days. The Hebrew calendar does not line up with the western calendar because it has a completely different leap year system that can shift holidays each year by to 11-28 days. Here are the coinciding ( Full Answer )

When do you light the first candle on a menorah?

On the sabbath, about 20 minutes before sunset or a bit earlier. On the other days, there are opinions ranging from sunset to about 1 1/4 hours later. From my own research, the best answer is about 20-25 minutes after sunset.

What color are the menorah candles?

It's called either a hanukkiyah or a Hanukkah-menorah. They can be any color, from plain white to multicolored. Popular in the US lately are blue and white hand dipped candles. There are 44 candles in a set and they must burn down naturally, not be blown out. It is your taste in candles. Multicolore ( Full Answer )

What are menorah candles called?

They have no name. Only the helper candle (used to light the other 8 candles) has a name. It's called the Shamash.

What do the candles of the Hanukkah menorah represent?

There are 9 candles that are lit on Hanukkah. One is the helper candle ("shamash") used to light the other 8, which symbolize the 8 days of Hanukkah. A story in the Talmud (500 years after the Maccabean War) tells of a legendary miracle. After the war, When the Jews returned to rededicate the Anci ( Full Answer )

What do menorah candles symbolise?

The original Menorah was lit in the Temple (Exodus ch.25). It had 7 branches, one for each day of the week. the Chanukiah (Hanukkah-menorah) is the 8-branched version of the Menorah. It is lit on Chanukkah to publicize the miracle of the Maccabees and the oil of the Menorah miraculously burning ( Full Answer )

What does the candles stand for the menorah?

There are 9 candles that are lit on Hanukkah. One is the helper candle ("shamash") used to light the other 8, which symbolize the 8 days of Hanukkah. A story in the Talmud (500 years after the Maccabean War) tells of a legendary miracle. After the war, When the Jews returned to rededicate the Anci ( Full Answer )

Can the candles on a menorah be any color?

Yes, the candles on a Chanukiah (Hanukkah-menorah) can be any color. Answer A lot of people use brightly colored candles for Hanukkah. On Shabbat and Yom Tov, however, only white candles are traditional.

Why are there eight candles in the Hanukkah menorah?

There are 9 candles that are lit on Hanukkah. One is the helper candle ("shamash") used to light the other 8, which symbolize the 8 days of Hanukkah. A story in the Talmud (500 years after the Maccabean War) tells of a legendary miracle. After the war, When the Jews returned to rededicate the Anc ( Full Answer )

When was the 8 candle added to the menorah?

The "Menorah" is the 7-branched olive-oil lamp that stood in the Tabernacle. Its construction is described late in the book of Exodus, and its design was never modified. The lamp of eight branches (plus one for a lighter) used during Chanukah is often erroneously also called a menorah, which is a s ( Full Answer )

Why is there sometimes a ninth candle on the Menorah?

There are two types of menorah. One has seven arms for seven candles - this is the original menorah as used as a symbol of Judaism for many thousands of years. The other type is the nine-branched Hanukkah menorah, also known as a hanukiyah, which holds a candle (or, ideally, burns oil) for each of t ( Full Answer )

Why does a menorah have 9 candles?

Eight for the eight days of Hanukkah, plus a helper-candle used to light the others. Here's the background: The Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) under Antiochus Epiphanes (2nd century BCE), at the instigation of the Hellenizers, had forbidden various Torah-practices such as Sabbath-observance and circu ( Full Answer )

What do the candles on a menorah stand for?

The chanukiah (Hanukkah-menorah) candles symbolizes the 8 days that a one-day supply of olive oil for the menorah miraculously lasted, after the maccabees reclaimed the destroyed Second Temple (beit hamikdash) from the Greeks after a successful revolt. Answer: The Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) unde ( Full Answer )

What is a 7 candle menorah?

The Menorah in the Temple had 7 branches (Exodus ch.25). The Hanukkah-menorah (channukiah) has 9 branches; 8 to remind us of the eight days of Hannukah and one extra which is used to light all the others.

First candle in the menorah stands for mercy second third?

No. The candles of the menorah do not stand for anything individually. They represent the days of Hanukkah. There is one extra candle that is called the helper candle, and it's used to light the others. Answer: Collectively, the eight candles of the Hanukkah-menorah represent the eight days ( Full Answer )

How many candle holders are in a menorah?

The menorah in the Tabernacle had seven oil lamps (Exodus ch.25). Our Hanukkah-menorahs have eight candle-holders for the eight days of Hanukkah, plus a place for the helper-candle which is used to light the others.

Does the menorah has seven candles?

The menorah of the Holy Temple had 7 oil lamps (Exodus ch.25). However the specialized Hanukkah menorah (Chanukiah) has 9 candles.

Why does a Hanukkah menorah have eight candles?

Because the miracle lasted eight days. The Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) under Antiochus Epiphanes (2nd century BCE), at the instigation of the Hellenizers, had forbidden various Torah-practices such as Sabbath-observance and circumcision, rededicated the Temple to a Greek idol, and pressed the Jews t ( Full Answer )

When the candles are lit on the menorah they are a symbol of what?

The Channukiah - 9 branch candelabra - represents the Menorah that was in the Temple in Jerusalem. Each night we light an additional candle to symbolize the 8 days the oil burned when the Temple was rededicated. The significance of the oil burning for 8 days was that there was only enough to burn fo ( Full Answer )

What do the candles on the menorah mean when they are lit?

On Hanukkah, the candles are lit to represent the miracle of the oil (Talmud, Shabbat 21b), which occurred during the Hasmonean victory over the Syrian-Greeks; and we also thank God for His having helped us to oust the Syrian-Greeks (Seleucids) and their lackeys, the Hellenizing Jews. The Seleucids, ( Full Answer )

How many candles are inside of the menorah?

During Hanukkah, we use a menorah that is called a channukiah. A channukiah holds eight candles plus an extra candle used to light the eight.

What do the eight candles on the menorah represent?

There are 9 candles that are lit on Hanukkah. One is the helper candle ("shamash") used to light the other 8, which symbolize the 8 days of Hanukkah. A story in the Talmud (500 years after the Maccabean War) tells of a legendary miracle. After the war, When the Jews returned to rededicate the anci ( Full Answer )

What is the reason for the eight candles of the menorah?

A menorah has 7 candles, not 8. If you are referring to the candelabra used during the holiday of Channukah, this is called a 'channukiah' and has 9 candles. 8 of the candles are for the 8 days of the holiday, the ninth is called the 'shamash' and is used to light the others.

What do the candles on the menorah symbolize?

The eight candles symbolize the eight days of the Hanukkah-miracle. The candelabra (menorah) with its candles symbolizes the menorah in the Temple (Exodus ch.25). Here is the background: The Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) under Antiochus Epiphanes (2nd century BCE), at the instigation of the Hellenizers ( Full Answer )

What does each candle on the menorah represent?

There are 9 candles that are lit on Hanukkah. One is the helper candle ("shamash") used to light the other 8, which symbolize the 8 days of Hanukkah. A story in the Talmud (400 years after the Maccabean War) tells of a legendary miracle. After the war, When the Jews returned to rededicate the Anc ( Full Answer )

What do each of the candles on the Menorah symbolize?

The eight candles symbolize the eight days of the Hanukkah-miracle. The candelabra (menorah) with its candles symbolizes the menorah in the Temple (Exodus ch.25). Here is the background: The Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) under Antiochus Epiphanes (2nd century BCE), at the instigation of the Hellenizers ( Full Answer )

When to place candles in hanukkiah menorah?

The candles are put into the Hanukkiah (Hanukkah-menorah) starting on the first evening) of Hanukkah. The candles are lit in the early evening after sunset or later.

What do the menorah candles symbolize?

The Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) under Antiochus Epiphanes (2ndcentury BCE), at the instigation of the Hellenizers, had forbiddenvarious Torah-practices such as Sabbath-observance andcircumcision, rededicated the Temple to a Greek idol, and pressedthe Jews to offer up sacrifices to the idol. One of the ( Full Answer )

What do the candles of the menorah symbolize?

The Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) under Antiochus Epiphanes (2ndcentury BCE), at the instigation of the Hellenizers, had forbiddenvarious Torah-practices such as Sabbath-observance andcircumcision, rededicated the Temple to a Greek idol, and pressedthe Jews to offer up sacrifices to the idol. One of the ( Full Answer )

What is the meaning of each Menorah candle?

Each candle symbolizes one day of the miracle. The Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) under Antiochus Epiphanes (2nd century BCE), at the instigation of the Hellenizers, had forbidden various Torah-practices such as Sabbath-observance and circumcision, rededicated the Temple to a Greek idol, and pressed th ( Full Answer )

What is the correct number of candles for a menorah?

For a Chanukah menorah, one candle is lit the first night, two the second night, etc. One extra candle is always added (that's used to light the other candles and is called a Shamos), so there's a total of 9 candles on the 8th night. For the traditional menorah in the Great Temple in Jerusalem, t ( Full Answer )

What do Hanukkah menorah candles symbolize?

The eight candles symbolize the eight days of the Hanukkah-miracle. The candelabra (menorah) with its candles symbolizes the menorah in the Temple (Exodus ch.25). Here is the background: The Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) under Antiochus Epiphanes (2nd century BCE), at the instigation of the Hellenizer ( Full Answer )

What is the symbolic meaning of Menorah candles?

There are seven Menorah candles, which represent seven days, and one should be lit each day for seven days. The lights represent human knowledge, six of them leaning in to the seventh, central light. This is said to represent God.

Where does the sixth candle get placed on the menorah?

Every day, we place the candles on the right side (so that thecandle to the far left is lit only on the eighth night). The candles are lit from left to right, so that the newest candleis lit first. On the sixth night, the two holders on the left side of the menorahremain empty.

When is the seven-candle menorah lit?

1) The oil lamps of the seven-branched menorah in the Holy Templewere lit every day at evening (Leviticus ch.24). 2) Decorative menorahs of any configuration may be lit at any timeor left unlit. Some synagogues have one of these lit at everyprayer-time though there's no obligation. 3) Our Hanukkah-m ( Full Answer )

What is the 7 candle menorah for?

There are three types of menorah. Only one of them (the first) hadto have seven branches. The menorah in the Israelite Tabernacle (and later the Temple) hadseven branches as commanded (Exodus ch.25). It was kindled everyevening with olive oil. On Hanukkah, Jews light an eight-branch menorah (with ca ( Full Answer )