Hanukkiahs are not the same as Menorahs

Hanukkah’s main tradition, the lighting of the nine-branched candleholder is often times incorrectly referred to as a menorah. Not everyone knows that this name is the wrong name for the traditional nine-branched candelabrum. It’s actuaCommonly mistaken for a menorah, the Hanukkiah has nine branches instead of sevenlly called a Hanukkiah. A menorah, on the other hand, has only seven candleholders—like the lamp that was used in the ancient holy temple in Jerusalem.

Hanukkiahs have nine candleholders so that there’s a candle for every night of Hanukkah and then one more to light the others. If you celebrate Hanukkah, you now can educate your friends and family on the holiday you’re about to celebrate! Happy Hanukkah.

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