A menorah is a nine-candle candelabra lit during Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. The festival commemorates the Jews’ rededication of their temple after its desecration by the Syrian army in 165 B.C.E. When the Maccabean army entered the temple, they found that there was only enough oil for one night. But the candles stayed lit for eight days, and this miracle is celebrated each Hanukkah by lighting a new menorah.
Menorahs can come in all shapes and sizes. A silver menorah may have rounded arms with ornate filigree designs, or they may have middle branches that protrude like jugs. They can also have a decorative base. For a more modern look, consider a contemporary menorah from Jerusalem-based designer Avner Agayof, which is made of anodized aluminum and breaks down into modular units that fit in a smart wooden box for storage.
You can also find a classic menorah on a pedestal or a wall Hanukkiah for those who light theirs by the window. A pedestal menorah can have curved or angled branches, and it can be decorated with intricate carvings or engraved designs. Some of the most sought-after silver menorahs on 1stDibs have a hexagonal base with geometric designs that add visual interest.
A silver menorah can be a stunning piece of art and a wonderful decoration, but it is also a symbol of the miracle that took place in the temple. It can also be a tribute to a family’s history and heritage, or a reminder of the heroism that took place in ancient Israel. A silver menorah can be cherished for generations and become a beloved family heirloom.