A Menorah is a candleholder used during Hanukkah, a Jewish tradition celebrated for eight days starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar. Each day, one of the nine candles is lit using the middle candle, called the shamash.
Hanukkah, meaning "dedication", is based on the historic events of 165 BC when the Jewish people defeated Syrian invaders and restored their Second Temple to its former glory. According to teachings in the Talmud, religious followers tried to relight the temple's menorah. All of the branches were supposed to stay lit every evening, however, only one small jar of holy olive oil was found, enough for a single day. The flames flickered for the following eight nights, sparking the tradition of Hanukkah.
Discovery Kit: Holiday Traditions (December 9 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.