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The Menorah: Fun Facts and Wacky Photos

Most of us know that Hanakkuh is a celebration of the triumph of the Hebrews over religious persecution when they escaped the oppression of the Syrian king. But what is the meaning behind the menorah? The seven-branched menorahs has been a tradition within the Jewish Temples. When the Jewish people successfully reclaimed the Holy Temple, the Maccabees only had enough oil to light the menorah for one night. However, the flames of the candles burned for eight nights and gave them time to find more oil which is the reason behind why this symbol is still found today in Hanukkah celebrations.

Today, most menorahs feature eight candles, with one candle being lit on the first night of Hanukkah. Successive candles are then lit on the following seven nights to celebrate the Jewish triumph over religious persecution and the miracle of one bottle of oil burning for eight days.

However, menorahs come in all shapes and sizes, and there's a lot more to their history than candles and tradition. We want to spread some holiday knowledge around with a few fun facts about the menorah along with photos from some of the wackiest menorahs we could find. We promise that you've never seen menorahs quite like this before!

View the slideshow above for fun facts about and fun photos of menorahs!

For more holiday fun, check out DIY Christmas Ornaments and Holiday Party: Keep Yours Free of the Flu.

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