A menorah is a seven-branched lampstand that was used in the Temple in Jerusalem. Fresh olive oil of the purest quality was burned daily to light its lamps. In synagogues today, the Ner Tamid (eternal light) is a symbolic reminder of that Temple menorah. The menorah has been a symbol of Judaism since ancient times. As in many other synagogues, a menorah is displayed in Etz Hayyim Synagogue; here on the base of the Ehal.

Photo 1: © Etz Hayyim Synagogue

Photo 2: © The Jewish Museum of Greece

Menorah at Etz Hayyim

Marble plaque with image of a menorah, Athens 3rd – 4th century CE

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