Number of Branches on Menorah
I'm confused. My Chanukah menorah has 9 branches, but the Menorah in our synagogue has 7. Why the difference?
The Aish Rabbi Replies:
The original menorah was the one Moses made for the Tabernacle in the desert. That one, and the ones in the Holy Temples, had 7 branches (6 + the center), as directed in Exodus 25:31-32.
The Chanukah menorah commemorates the 8-day miracle of Chanukah, which we celebrate Chanukah for 8 days. Therefore the Chanukah Menorah has 8 branches, with a ninth one used as the Shamash, set somewhat apart from the others.
Best wishes for a de"light"ful Chanukah.