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Ever since I started learning about Judaism, I noticed that Israel’s emblem contains a 7 branch menorah, not the chanukiah (which everyone, including tons of Jews) call a menorah.

I understand that the 7 branch was in the Temple and depicted on the Arch of Titus. I’m considering buying a 7 branch menorah for my house.

I've found some wildly differing opinions online. Some say none are permitted, some say they're permitted provided that they are either non-metal (I see a bunch of enamel), some say all of the types I see online are permitted but simply cannot be lit. Which is the truth?

I also know Israel itself had a debate when the Knesset Menorah was given to it, but the chief rabbi at the time ultimately decided it was halachic.

  • Welcome to MiYodeya. Hope to see you around! – mbloch Jan 13 '18 at 16:09
  • What would be the purpose of having such a menorah in your house? – ezra Jan 14 '18 at 6:34
  • as a decoration and to have the eternal symbol of the Jewish people in my house. – Dudeskiseph Jan 14 '18 at 18:57
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The Talmud in Rosh haShana 24b mentions a dispute as to if a wooden 7 branched menorah would be permissible, with all agreeing that a metal one is forbidden and that one made from pottery is permissable.

I'm not quite sure which category enamel would fall into, as as far as I can tell it is a kind of glass coating, normally on pottery.

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