Festival of Lights: The Chanukiah

2-tone ChanukiahThe lighting of the chanukiah is the most important Chanukah tradition. The chanukiah, which  is a candlestand with nine branches, contains eight candles of the same height, one for each day of Chanukah, with a taller one in the middle called the shamash (“servant”), which is used to light the others. Each evening of Chanukah, one more candle is lit, with a special blessing.

The chanukiah symbolizes the burning light in the Temple and marks the eight days of the Chanukah festival. It also represents the light of freedom won by the Maccabees for the Jewish People.

Jewish Voice Ministries International

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