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    Menorah or Chanukiyah? – Ask the Rabbi

    Q. Menorah or chanukiyah – which is the right word?

    A. Popular usage has changed. Everyone used to speak of the menorah, but strictly speaking that was the 7-branched lightstand in the Temple.

    The Chanukah lamp originally avoided the tree-with-branches shape and of course it had 9 lights and not 7.

    In recent times the word chanukiyah has become common in order to denote the difference.

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