The menorah is a nine-branched candelabrum lit during the Jewish holiday of Chanukah to celebrate the miracle of a small cruse of oil lasting for eight nights in the ancient Temple in Jerusalem. The menorah is lit every night for eight nights, with one additional light added each night until all nine branches are illuminated.
The menorah lighting is a time-honored tradition that dates back to the ancient Temple in Jerusalem. According to tradition, the menorah was lit in the Temple to commemorate the miracle of a small cruse of oil lasting for eight days, despite the fact that it was only enough oil to last for one day.
The menorah lighting ceremony typically takes place in the home and involves the recitation of blessings over the candles. The candles are arranged in a specific order, with the shamash, or helper candle, placed in the center and the other eight candles arranged in a straight line to its right. The shamash is used to light the other candles, starting with the candle furthest to the right and moving left each night.
During the menorah lighting, prayers and songs are often recited, and traditional foods, such as latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts), are enjoyed. The menorah is typically placed in a prominent location in the home, such as near a window so that it can be seen by passersby and serve as a reminder of the miracle of Chanukah.
The menorah lighting is an important part of the Chanukah celebration and serves as a reminder of the oil miracle that occurred in the ancient Temple in Jerusalem. It is a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate this joyous holiday.
Calabasas is hosting a Menorah Lighting on December 21st from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm; Caruso hosts this event in partnership with The Calabasas Shul. This festive event will include live musical entertainment, activities for kids, fireworks, traditional Chanukah refreshments, and special remarks by city officials, followed by blessings from the Rabbi.
Learn more about the Menorah Lighting Event in Calabasas here!