seven branches menorahshavit meyraz
seven branches menorah
In Exodus 25:31–40, there is a vivid description delivered by God of how the Seven Branches Menorah should look like:
“Make a lampstand of pure gold…Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lampstand—three on one side and three on the other”.
The verses continue to depict how the sacred art effect should look like, and how it should serve the people and God.
The important task was given to Moses, who was asked to build the seven branches menorah that became one of the beautiful symbols of Judaism for generations to come. After receiving orders from God almighty himself, the 7 branch Menorah was built and used in the portable sanctuary in the wilderness.
The seven branches Menorah, that was built entirely of gold, traveled along with the Israelites until they got to the promised land of Israel. The traveling Menorah was put inside the Temple in Jerusalem and was to be lit only with the purest and highest quality olive oil.
The menorah was lit every night and stood 5.3 ft when it was placed in the antechamber of the Temple sanctuary. The structure of the seven branches Menorah was depicted in Arch of Titus, but findings from a site that dates to before the Second Temple depicted a different structure. There have been several disputes as to the shape of the Menorah, and a general model has been agreed upon over the years.
During the Ark of the Covenant era, there was no mention of the Menorah, and it is assumed it was taken away by invading armies into Babylon. The Menorah from the Second Temple is believed to have been taken by vandals in 455 CE, and after traveling the world, the Menorah disappeared. It is now believed that the seven branches Menorah was destroyed during the pillaging of Jerusalem in 614 A.D, and its tracks were lost since.
The seven branches Menorah symbolizes light and unity to the Jewish people, and its unique legacy follows Jews and other people throughout the ages.
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