NEW MINORAH FOR JERUSALEM
THIRD TEMPLE MENORAH UNVEILED IN JERUSALEM
Chanukah will be given special significance this year, when the Temple Institute in Jerusalem unveils its newly-completed Menorah (candelabrum) at a special ceremony in the Old City's Cardo plaza tonight.
Rabbi Menachem Makover, director of the Institute, said today that the new approximately six-foot high Menorah has been built according to the exact specifications of the Torah.
. . . Rabbi Makover said that while the original Biblical Menorah was comprised of solid gold, 'a kosher Menorah may be made of bronze, or may even be hollow - but if it is made with gold, then the gold or gold-plating must be of one piece. In order to do this, we built a bronze substructure, which we then immersed in a vat of gold. This Menorah is thus plated with almost 43 kilograms of 'one piece' of gold.' He added a timely message: 'We felt that on Chanukah, there could be nothing more appropriate than to have the golden Menorah return to Jerusalem as a symbol of the rebirth of the Jewish people and our march towards fulfilling the vision of building the Temple.'
. . . The Institute has just recently completed two other central Temple Vessels, namely, the Golden Altar and the Table. (Arutz 7, December 5, 1999)