So why is this week different from all other weeks? On all other weeks, the Menorahs that are used only have six lights, plus the seventh shamash. The six lights of the standard Menorah correspond to the six points of the Star of David, the symbol of Judaism, but the Menorah itself is said to symbolize the burning bush, and it is said that the design of the Menorah was part of God's revelation to Moses. It was a feature of the Temple in Jerusalem, and remains one of the symbols of our faith, and the Jewish people as a nation. Here's one image of a Menorah, patterned after the one that existed in the ancient Temple:
And here is the Coat of Arms of the State of Israel, where the Menorah is used as a national symbol:
And now, here is a traditional image of a Chanukah Menorah:
And here's the national Menorah of the United States, on the Mall in Washington, DC, courtesy of National Geographic:
And now, these images below look pretty sad after the professional National Geographic photographer's work, but I took them with my camera phone back in 2008 at our community Menorah lighting:
With snow on the ground even, but I can't see Irving Berlin singing, I'm dreaming of a White Chanukah, oy! Pass the latkes, please!