from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Judaism A nine-branched candelabrum used in celebration of Hanukkah.
- n. Judaism A ceremonial seven-branched candelabrum of the Jewish Temple symbolizing the seven days of the Creation.
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- n. A holy candelabrum with seven branches used in the Temple of Jerusalem.
- n. A candelabrum with nine branches used in Jewish worship on Hanukkah.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A candlestick: specially applied to the seven-branched candlestick in the synagogue.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Judaism) a candelabrum with nine branches; used during the Hanukkah festival
- n. (Judaism) a candelabrum with seven branches used in ceremonies to symbolize the seven days of Creation
If a menorah is a secular symbol, why is it used in celebrations of Hannukah?
The seven-candle menorah is a symbol of that holiday.
So next to include everyone the Jewish menorah is donated.
The menorah is used in Jewish relgious observations during hannukah.
Sometimes a menorah is displayed in order to make a Nativity scene "balanced", especially when secular symbols such as Santa Claus, reindeer and a holiday tree are added.
By the way, If a menorah is ever called a holiday candelabra, I will take back everything I ever said about just Christmas being censored.
His sticking in the word menorah gave me no comfort as an American Jew because when people are excluded for religion, Jews are usually among the first to be excluded.
The word menorah just refers to the traditional seven-branched candleholder used throughout the year.
The name menorah is used only to describe the seven-branched candelabrum that was housed in the Jewish Temple.
The menorah is a brand that stands for faith in the everlasting, for transcendental transformation and the power to reshape our fragmented world.