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The Temple Menorah: The seven-branched gold candelabra in the Temple.
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Did the menorah have circular or straight branches?
The menorah is possibly the most popular Jewish symbol, yet there’s much confusion as to how it really looked.
The Sages of the Talmud differ as to the positioning of the Menorah in the Holy Temple, whether east to west (along the width of the temple) or north to south (along the temple’s length). This class reveals the spiritual underpinnings of this discussion a...
The Light of the Jewish People
The menorah is symbolic of the indestructible core essence of the Jew. Learn interesting elements of the menorah in the Holy Temple and their mystical significance.
Five on Five—Behaalotecha
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Rosh Chodesh Elul, 5742 · August 19, 1982
Many manuscripts of Maimonides’ Commentary to the Mishna show an illustration of the Holy Menorah in which each decorative goblet on the Menorah’s branches face upward. But Maimonides’ own handwritten sketch of the Menorah shows the exact opposite: They f...
The windows in the Temple were designed to be narrow on the inside and wide on the outside, representing the fact that its purpose is to shine outward and share the light with the rest of the world. The goblets in the Temple Menorah also symbolize this id...
Soul Boost for Parshat Behaalotecha
Intermediate Talmud: Tractate Shabbat, Lesson 16
The Talmud brings a teaching regarding the process for kindling the Temple menorah to shed light on the issue of disrespect or diminishing a mitzvah in kindling the Chanukah lights from one another.
Intermediate Talmud: Tractate Shabbat, Lesson 5
In this Talmud class we compare the substance used for lamps in the Beit Hamikdash with the lamps for Shabbat, and launch into a discussion about the different Menorahs in the Holy Temple.
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