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menora

menorah

[muh-nawr-uh, -nohr-uh]

Roman soldiers carrying the menorah from the Temple of Jerusalem, AD 70; detail of a relief on elipsis

Multibranched candelabra used by Jews during the festival of Hanukkah. It holds nine candles (or has nine receptacles for oil). Eight of the candles stand for the eight days of Hanukkah—one is lit the first day, two the second, and so on. The ninth candle, or shammash (“servant”) light—usually set in the centre and raised above the others—is used to light the others. The menorah is an imitation of the seven-branched golden candelabra of the Tabernacle, which signified the seven days of creation. The menorah is also an ancient symbol of Jewish identity and the official symbol of the modern state of Israel.

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See Menorah about the special lamp holy to Judaism.

Menora is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. Its Local Government Area is the City of Stirling.

In 1954, with the establishment of official suburban boundaries, the new off-shoot from Mount Lawley was named "Menora" in honor of an old theatre of that name which was located within its borders. Further support for the name was provided by the local Jewish community for whom the Menorah holds special significance.

Menora is home to a large Jewish community, the heart of which is the Perth Hebrew Congregation. It is close to the Carmel Jewish School and other Kosher facilities like the "Kosher Food Center" (in Menora) and the Kosher "Besh Fresh" cafe.

The exclusive Alexander Park Tennis Club hosts, amongst other events, the Western Australian Tennis Championships. In the 2001 census, Menora had a median age of 45, and 37% of its population were over 60 years of age. This is due to a high concencentration of retirement villages in the district.

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