7 Branch Menorahs
The 7 branch menorah is one of the oldest symbols of Judaism. It goes all the way back to the first temple in ancient times, and is still seen frequently today. The 7 branch menorah serves as a reminder of the time of the temples, and is also meant to show the 7 days that it took God to create the earth and everything on it, with the center candle holder being used to represent the day on which God rested, the Sabbath. The 7 branch menorah was first used to light the interior of the temple, with the lamps of the candleholders being filled with olive oil and lit daily.
The tradition is still continued today in synagogues, as well as in homes. 7 branch Menorahs now tend to use either candles or electric bulbs to be lit instead of actual oil, but the purpose is still the same. They can be made from metal or other materials such as gold and silver, and are often decorated to resemble the 7 branch menorah of temple times, or have themes such as the 12 tribes of Israel or flowers. They can be extremely traditional, or have a modern spin, such as those based off of the "Knesset menorah" which was originally designed by Salvador Dali.
World of Judaica offers a variety of options to you, there certainly will be a 7 branch menorah that will be to your liking. They come in a variety of sizes, and typically can be used with the same size candles used for Hanukkah menorahs, although it should be noted that a 7 branch menorah is NOT the same as the 9 branched menorah used for Hanukkah. If you are seeking a menorah for Hanukkah (known as a hanukiah), feel free to browse our selection here.
A 7 branch menorah is even one of the symbols of the modern state of Israel. That particular one is based off a relief on a Roman arch which depicts the Romans heading back to their city after ransacking the temple, carrying "spoils" which included the 7 branch menorah. The arch is traced back to 67CE, and that particular menorah has served as an inspiration for many modern models of it.
When you purchase a 7 branch menorah, take a moment to look at the various match books and holder we offer, so that you can have an equally impressive way to light your candles to match the beauty of the menorah itself.