Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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The Salvador Dali Menorah

Sitting just outside the arrivals entrance at Ben Gurion Airport (Tel Aviv – Israel) is a 7 foot golden (colored) menorah sculpture by renowned surrealist artist Salvador Dali.  The particular interesting thing, it’s clear Dali’s imaging of the menorah is NOT a chanukah style menorah (8 arms and a service-arm/candle), but is distinctly in the style (surrealistically speaking) of the Great Menorah of the Beis HaMikdash, the Holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.

The Dali Menorah…

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2 comments:

  1. Rashi and Rambam clearly describe the branches of the menorah as extended upward in a diagonal.

    A rendering of the menorah with curved or angular arms is based on the Arch of Titus--carved to emphasize that the Jewish people had been conquered and subjugated by Rome.

    "It would be proper to "restore the crown," i.e., all those who make illustrations of the menora (in order to show how the menora looked in the Mishkan and Mikdash) should draw the branches as diagonally coming out of the middle branch.

    Rounded menoros (as they are shown on the Arch of Titus) should actually make us cry out, because (and this is most important) it contradicts Rashi and Rambam, etc., and because it gives a certain approbation, etc., ch’v, to the image on the Arch of Titus, which was made to cause pain to the Jews and to disgrace them!

    Instead of the shape of the menora arousing Jews to their task of being a "light to the nations," for "it is a testimony to all that the Divine presence rests on the Jewish people," the shape of the [rounded] menora reminds us of exactly the opposite: how Rome was victorious over the Jews!"

    (Likkutei Sichos vol. 21, p. 169)

    The Menorah

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    1. There were a total of 10 seven branched branched Menorot in the First Bais HaMikdash, consisting of the Original Menorah from the Mishkan (think Keter) which was made under the direction of Bezalel plus an additional 9 Menorot made under the direction of King Soloman. Because of the Rebbe's Sicha one can conclude that the Original Menorah from the Mishkan had the angular shape as described in Rashi and Rambam. The other 9 Menorahs therefore had to be the rounded ones depicted being carried off to Rome along the inside wall in the Arch of Titus. The purpose of the 9 Menorot made under the direction of King Solomon were primarily to provide Light within the Bais Hamikdash, while the purpose of the Light of the Original Menorah was Primarily Spiritual in Nature. Today we also have the Nine Branched Chanukah Menorah, eight Lights plus the Shamash. Surprisingly, today's Chanukah Menorah, which everyone has access to, Supports The Holiest of All Mystically Spiritual 'Lights' in the Jewish Tradition, even Holier than Shabbat Candles and even Holier than the Nine Menorot made under the direction of King Solomon. The Lights of the Chanukah Menorah are so Holy in fact that one is forbidden from using or getting any direct benefit from that Light. That is the real reason the there is a Shamash ('server') candle, so that if anyone does use this Light they can be considered as just using the Light of the Shamash and not the Light of the Chanukah. Why is the Light of the Chanukah Menorah considered So Very Holy that it not even supposed to be used for a lesser Spiritual Purpose. It is because according to the Oral Tradition in the Garden of Eden there were Originally two types of Light: The type of Light that we know and use today for eveday use to benefit us and The Very Special Holy Spiritual Light which can Reveal the Greatest Mysteries and Secrets of Hashem in this World, and which after the Sin of Adam was 'Hidden Away' for the Righteous in Future Generations. Where was it 'Hidden' you may ask? Hint: In the Lights of Chanukah!!!!! This is why the 36 Lights of the Chanukah Menorah during the Eight Days of Chanukah (corresponding to the 36 times the words are found in the Torah which equate to 'Light') over the course of eight days are too Holy to use for anything other than these Highest Spiritual Purposes and why ANY type of oil is permitted to be used in a Chanukah Menorah ( which corresponds to all the different types of Jews which exist in the World, the vast majority of whom celebrate Chanukah even they they don't always for example light Shabbat Candles every week). Now you know The Rest of the Story Chevra. May Moshiach Come Speedily In Our Days (Please!)... ๐Ÿ”ฏ๐Ÿ•Ž๐Ÿ”ฏ

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