In faiths around the world, there is power in the symbolism of light. Hindus celebrate the festival of lights at Diwali, celebrated in a festive way in Rollins Chapel this year; Buddhists mark the day of enlightenment with stringing beads and lighting candles on a tree; Jewish families light a menorah for Hanukkah (or Hanukkiah, as it is sometimes called), to remember a miracle that lasted eight days.
During Hanukkah, eight candles are lit each night, to commemorate the miracle that took place when the Maccabees re-sanctified the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after liberating it from the occupying force of the Greek Army. Only one jug of kosher olive oil was found, but it miraculously lasted for eight days until more kosher oil could be made. A Menorah is used to commemorate this miracle, and the candles are re-lit each night of Hanukkah, adding one candle the first night, two the second, three the third etc, until all the candles are lit on the final night of Hanukkah. A separate candle that is lit in addition to the other seven, is known as the service candle or ‘Shamash’.
At 1stDibs, we keep this ancient tradition alive with a boutique range of sterling silver menorahs in antique and modern styles. From sleek Art Deco pieces crafted by Zaramella Argenti to mid-Century Modern and contemporary designs by Britton, Gould & Co and Hazorfim, the range of silver menorahs for sale includes options for all tastes and budgets. silver menorah