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Hanukkah Menorah

The Hanukkah Menorah to be precise is a nine-branched candelabra lighted on the eight-day of the Hanukkah holiday, as contrary to the seven-branched menorah in use in ancient synagogue or as a symbolic representation. The 9th holder, known as the Shamash (servant or helper), is for a candle used to light all other candles and is to be used as an additional light. The menorah is amongst the most widely developed articles on Jewish ceremonial artistic creation. The eight-branched menorah is a conventional Judaism symbol, together with the Star of David.

Lighting the Hanukkah menorah is the most significant part of observing the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Nevertheless, Hanukkah has become much more well-known in modern practice due to its proximity to Christmas. The menorah reminds us of the miracle of the Hanukkah lights, when merely a one day's worth of oil burned for eight days after the Maccabees repossessed the Holy Temple.

Hanukkah is celebrated on the 25th day of Kislev, and since the Hebrew calendar is lunar based, each year the first day of Hanukkah falls on another day - usually sometime between late November and late December. Since a lot of Jews live in predominately Christian societies, over time Hanukkah has become a great deal more festive and like Christmas. Jewish children receive presents for Hanukkah - oftentimes one gift for each one of the Holidays eight nights. A lot of parents hope that by making Hanukkah extra special their children will not feel left out during the Christmas celebrations happening around them.

The desirable way to carry out the Mitzvah of lighting the Hanukah Menorah is by using pure olive oil and cotton wicks, as the ensuing light is clear and pure; it also remembers the Menorah in the Holy Temple which was illuminated with olive oil.
However, you can use any other kinds of oil and wicks, as long as they give a steady instead of a flickering light. Likewise, you may also use candles created out of paraffin or wax.

The holder in use for lighting the lights ought to be appealing, and made out of glass or metal which is clean and polished. You may use an earthenware holder only one time when it is new, because when it has been used, it becomes dirty and unattractive and becomes unsuitable to use again. You could recycle the wicks. Likewise, you may use the left over paraffin or oil that was used the previous day.

The Hanukkah lights need to be lighted once the stars appear. If one did not light at that time, then they can still light throughout the rest of the night, as long as the household members are still awake. In case you were not able to light inadvertently the Hanukah lights until very late when everybody is already sleeping and you are not able to wake anybody to wait for you, therefore you cannot attain airing of the miracle - you will need to light it without creating a blessing. Once nighttime has passed, you can no longer light it and one cannot compensate for failing to do so at the Mitzvah. He may only light the following evening as does everybody else.

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Building Bridges Chanukah Menorah by Laura Cowan
Think Out of the Box Menorah by Laura Cowan
Price:$75.00

Away from home on Chanukah?  With Laura Cowan’s Thinking Out of the Box Travelling Menorah, you can still enjoy kindling the lights every evening of the Festival.  A small steel magnetic box holds 44 candles together with nine magnetic candle holders in a variety of colors.  Arrange them as you fancy – in any order, inside the lid or on the outside.  After use, pack them away neatly in the box.
Building Bridges Chanukah Menorah by Laura Cowan
Travel Magnet Hanukkah Menorah by Laura Cowan
Price:$145.00

Enhance your Chanuka tablescape with Laura Cowan's chic and fun Travel Magnet Hanukkah Menorah. Its clean lines are inspired by the space age- a Laura Cowan favorite. Light the candles in style and pack the magnetic holders neatly in two transparent vials once they've burned out. Perfect for the busy businessman or woman.
Multicolored Saturn Hanukkah Menorah by Laura Cowan
Multicolored Saturn Hanukkah Menorah by Laura Cowan
Price:$175.00

Makes a fantastic bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah gift. Laura Cowan’s fresh vibrant look at traditional Judaica is expressed in this striking Menorah that recreates in steel the movement of rockets in outer space. On a highly polished stainless steel disc are nine striking colorful candle holders.

Magnetically attached, they can be rearranged every night giving interactive appeal.
Building Bridges Chanukah Menorah by Laura Cowan
Building Bridges Chanukah Menorah by Laura Cowan
Price:$250.00

“Let us build bridges, my friends, build bridges to human dignity…” (Richard Nixon) The glimmer of Laura Cowan’s Chanukah lights bridges conflicts and differences of belief. Climb the sides of the mountain. Meet at the summit and join together to illuminate your life with the glow of the Menorah.

Highly polished stainless steel forms two slopes and at the top is a plateau holding magnetic candle holders in striking contemporary color themes. Rearranging them each night will express your individuality.
Rainbow Cone Hanukkah Menorah by Laura Cowan
Rainbow Cone Chanuka Menorah by Laura Cowan
Price:$260.00

Contemporary Judaica artist Laura Cowan has created this must-have Rainbow Cone Hanukkah Menorah add delight to the Festival of Lights. Imagine the family fun when all gather round to rearrange the order of the nine colorful cone-shaped candle holders!

Makes for an impressive conversation piece at any Chanuka party.
Saturn Chanukia and Smart Dreidel Set by Laura Cowan
Saturn Chanukia and Smart Dreidel Set by Laura Cowan
Price:$285.00

In her hallmark space age style, Laura Cowan joins two Chanukah highlights - luminous Menorah lights and a playful dreidel.

On a circular stainless steel disc, polished to perfection, stands the colorful magnetic candle holders that for variety can be rearranged every night. Remove the floating dreidel from the center of the Menorah and join the family for a game. Forgotten the rules? They are written on the dreidel. A final touch of drama is the transparent base.
Purple Saturn Hanukkah Menorah and Dreidel Set by Laura Cowan
Purple Saturn Hanukkah Menorah and Dreidel Set by Laura Cowan
Price:$325.00

The dreamy glow of the Chanukah lights will fly you to outer space as you spin this Saturn-style dreidel of gleaming stainless steel and anodized aluminum created by Laura Cowan. Resembling the rings of planet Saturn, the rocket shaped center is surrounded by a purple circle with screws.

Traditionally, the dreidel is played as the family sits together after kindling the Menorah.
Saturn Chanukia and Gold Dreidel Set by Laura Cowan
Saturn Chanukia and Gold Dreidel Set by Laura Cowan
Price:$325.00

“I wanted to create a Menorah that was playful, colorful and interactive!” says artist Laura Cowan.

Here it is! With children in mind, she designed this space age style Menorah. Reminiscent of outer space, a stainless steel disc, polished to perfection, holds magnetic colorful candle holders that the kids will love rearranging in a different order every night. In the center is a gold-colored rocket style dreidel. Remove and return after the game. The transparent finish gives this piece a magic touch.
Saturn Chanukia and Silver Dreidel Set by Laura Cowan
Saturn Chanukia and Silver Dreidel Set by Laura Cowan
Price:$325.00

Innovative, creative and passionate about outer space, artist Laura Cowan has designed a two-in-one Chanukah Menorah and dreidel incorporating her hallmark Saturn theme. She writes in her Facebook, “dreidels and Menorahs, they go together like bagel and lox.”

On a circular polished stainless steel ring are nine magnetic candle holders in gleaming contemporary colors. Rearrange them every night to give a colorful fresh look. In the center, with an exciting floating impression, is Laura’s rocket style dreidel waiting for take-off. A final ingenious touch - the transparent base dramatically shows off the pieces together.