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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 oil burned for eight days even though there was only enough to last 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 on the second, and so on.

ChannukiotThese brass Channukiot are rendered in Sephardic style. The word ‘Sephardim’ (Sepharad meaning ‘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.

Donated by Tom and Eva Rona
M1991/007:001, M1991/007:002

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