When lit, it is said that the menorah spreads a light that illuminates the entire world. It is a symbol of the triumph of the Jewish people over their enemies and of the miracle that occurred millennia ago when one day’s worth of sacred oil lasted for eight days in the Temple.
A silver menorah can be a treasured heirloom for many generations. These candelabras are available in a variety of styles and designs. The most common are sterling silver, but there are also gold and brass menorahs. The price of a menorah depends on the material and design. Gold is more expensive than silver, but it has a greater durability and luster.
Whether you are celebrating Hanukkah, Bar Mitzvah or any other occasion, a menorah will add beauty and grace to your holiday celebration. A quality menorah will become a family heirloom for future generations and is a great way to pass on the tradition of Hanukkah.
The silver Hanukkah menorah or hanukkiya is a refined work of art, with an impressive splash of silver that dazzles. The piece on view at The Met is an exact replica of a hanukkiya from the Moldovan Family Collection that was loaned to the museum in 2014.
The design of the hanukkiya is based on a seventeenth-century brass example from the city of Lviv, now in present-day Ukraine, then called Lemberg or Lwów. Stamped on the lamp are marks that localize it to the mid-nineteenth century, when it was in use at a synagogue in suburban Lviv. It is an extraordinary and elegant object, likely crafted for a well-off Jewish patron.