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Channukiah

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menorah, Sephardic
The Channukiah is the menorah used to hold the eight candles of Channukah. This Jewish holiday commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the successful Maccabean Revolt in the 2nd century BCE. During the Temple’s purification, the menorah’s candles burned for eight days even though there was only enough oil for one. There are nine branches on the Channukiah; one for each day of the celebration and a ninth to light the candles—one on the first day, two the next, and so on.

This Channukiah is rendered in a Sephardic style and features Tree of Life and Torah motifs. The word ‘Sephardim’ (Sepharad means ‘Spain’ in Hebrew) describes Jews whose traditions originated in the Iberian Peninsula before their expulsion in the late 1400s. Sephardic culture was predominantly Mediterranean or Near Eastern. These contemporary pieces from Morocco are rich with elaborate, embossed designs.

Sydney Jewish Museum Collection
M2006/034

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