JUDI'S JOURNAL 12/8/2012: The menorah and Chanukah

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By Judi Siegal

Latkes, presents, dreidels, jelly doughnuts. But what would Chanukah be without the menorah? A lot has to do with history, symbolism and a miracle.

Back in the days when the Israelites were wanderers in the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land, God commanded Bezalel to design a candelabrum or lampstand (Exodus 25: 31) to be placed in the Tabernacle (the Israelites’ portable sanctuary) to serve as a visible symbol of God’s presence.

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