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From noshing on latkes and chocolate gelt to opening a new Hannukah gift each night, there’s a lot to love about celebrating the Festival of Lights. But the most important part of the tradition? Lighting the menorah.
Hanukkah, a Hebrew word which literally translates to “dedication,” commemorates the victory of the Maccabees and the miracle that occurred as they cleansed their reclaimed Temple. The holy oil, which should only have lasted one day burned brightly for eight nights instead. Today, we light candles each night to remember, making the menorah the true centerpiece of the holiday.
But modern menorahs are more than just a piece of holiday decor. They’re an object of ritual, one that can be part of your family’s traditions for years to come. Involving our children in the prayers and lighting the menorah helps raise proud Jewish kids. That said, I’m sure I’m not the only Jewish mom who will admit the heirloom menorahs of my youth were, well, kind of cheesy. These days, there are tons of stylish menorahs to choose from which feel more at home with the decor we’ve got.
If you’re looking for a new family heirloom or to add to a growing collection, I’ve rounded up some gorgeous modern menorahs that fit every decor style. The best part? Most are so versatile, you don’t even have to pack them away when Hanukkah ends.