The Hanukkah menorah says a lot about the person who lights it. If you’re the type to have a kippot that you got from your Hebrew school, that has the Rugrats or Noah’s Ark characters on it – and that’s still in good condition despite years of latke-eating and dreidel spinning – then you’re an independent pea in a pod, all grown up but not quite ready to give up your kiddie menorah.
If, on the other hand, you have a sterling silver menorah that you got at your wedding – and have been using for all of these Hanukkahs – then you’re a committed Jew. You know how important it is to maintain your Jewish identity and traditions, especially if you have a family of your own.
While a menorah can be used to hold candles, oil, or even both, there are certain rules that must be followed in order to light it properly. The most obvious rule is that a menorah must contain at least 44 candles and a shamash (helper) candle. The other rules are more specific and involve the placement of the candles, the direction in which you read Hebrew, and the fact that you must use a new candle for each night of Hanukkah.
At 1stDibs, we have 48 different types of silver menorah to choose from, ranging in style and material. We have antique menorahs made as far back as the 18th Century, and we also have more modern editions that are perfect for any room in your house. Our collection of artisan-made, sterling silver menorahs includes a wide array of styles, from Art Deco to Mid-Century Modern and beyond.
While these menorahs are all perfect for Hanukkah, they make great ornaments year-round, too. The sleek shine of a silver menorah looks beautiful, whether it’s lit or not, and will illuminate any room in your house. These Judaica items are also a wonderful gift for anyone who celebrates Hanukkah, or just someone who appreciates the beauty of fine jewelry and silverwork. The ICOJ Menorahs in our gallery range from traditional Biblical menorahs, based on the original lamps used in the First and Second Temples of Jerusalem, to contemporary designs crafted by skilled Yemenite silversmiths. All ICOJ menorahs are functional and safe to use with candles or oil pots.