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Aluminum Block Chanukiah

$225.00

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PRODUCT: Aluminum Block Chanukiah
SIZE: 11.42" long x 3.15" high x 3.15" wide
MATERIALS: Aluminum
DESIGNER: Via Maris
This heavy cast aluminum Chanukiah brings practicality and contemporary design to a timeless ritual. When removed from the base the candleholder's two parts can be separated, making the Chanukiah exceptionally easy to clean. Beneath the candle holder platform is a storage compartment with room for 44 candles—enough for the eight nights of Chanukiah. A gently raised center spot elevates the shammash. The Block is a substantial piece, weighing four pounds.

Chances are you’re not using an actual “menorah” to light your Hanaukkah candles, but rather a “chanukiah.” A menorah, which has seven spots to hold candles rather than eight, is derived from the oil candelabra that Jews used as a mobile temple during the second century, when a tyrant Greek king outlawed Judaism throughout Judea and Samaria. As the 2,200-year-old legend has it, when the Jews’ religious freedom was finally restored they moved to rededicate the Second Temple in Jerusalem. When they went to light their menorah at their new temple, it stayed aflame for eight nights even though there was only a single day’s worth of oil.

Fast forward to centuries later. The menorah’s modern incarnation is the chanukiah, which has a total of nine spots to hold candles: Eight spots for the eight nights of Chanukah the oil miraculously burned, and a ninth spot designated for the shammash (helper candle) which is used to light the others.
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