Hanukkah Menorahs On Display
This Holiday Season
This holiday season residents of Prescott and Prescott Valley will see Jewish Menorahs among the holiday decorations at the YRMC Hospitals and in the Valley of Lights display. Hanukkah, which in Hebrew means ‘dedication’, commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E. Once the Temple had been restored for services, it was discovered that only one vial of sacred olive oil had survived. Although the vial contained only enough oil to light the altar Menorah for one day, the sacred oil miraculously burned for eight days – enough time to prepare a fresh supply of olive oil for the Temple. An eight-day festival was declared to commemorate this ‘miracle of the oil’.
Symbolizing Hanukkah, the unique nine-branched Menorahs at YRMC hospitals and the Valley of Lights display nine candles. Eight of the candles represent the eight days of Hanukkah and the ninth candle, called the shamash and represents the candle used to light the other candles of the Menorah.