Growing up, my family amassed a collection of Hanukkah menorahs. Still, to this day, my mother will set out a dozen or so on the long cherry dining table, each with a tray to catch its wax, each ready to celebrate this most bright of festivals. The mix of styles colors, and sizes is beautiful and signifies the vibrant plurality of Jewish traditions and community. These differences add to the meaning of the holiday and give us an opportunity to revel in new ways of celebrating renewal and rededication.
My fiancé and I have two menorahs of our own, one dark, tall, dramatic, wrought iron menorah, and one made of clear, ice-like glass cubes. I like the contrast of styles and I’m always on the lookout for new, beautiful, interesting menorahs to light up the night and pair with different types of candles … beeswax, multicolor, textures, oh my!
Check out the paired picks below for my current favorites!
First Row: This warm-toned modern menorah is a favorite of mine this season given the huge popularity of brass and copper. It would look perfect on a table set with similarly festive metals – perhaps some copper mugs for Moscow Mule cocktails? The handmade beeswax candles add lovely texture and their sweet smell without overshadowing the menorah.
Second Row: This hammered menorah from Judaica.com is an absolute steal! It would look stunning paired with strong, bright colors and interesting patterns – I’m thinking a trendy colorblock tablecloth, a bright lacquered tray, and these natural, vegetable-dyed tapered candles.
Third Row: Ceramics are one of my weaknesses, and this sleek and statuesque, Israeli-made menorah would be a very welcome addition to my collection. I love that it is both a beautiful piece of judaica and a lovely sculpture. I would pair it with marbled blue candles and a hammered metal tray for a trendy take on the classic blue and white Hanukkah color scheme.
Fourth Row: Sometimes, you just need some glamour on the table. This gorgeous Michael Aram menorah is a thorough updated take on the traditional brass menorah and would bring some serious Hollywood glam to the festival. This would be the perfect centerpiece for a bold tablescape with a black, white, and gold theme. Black tablecloth, white trays, and some multi-colored candles to keep things bright.
This year, let’s celebrate Hanukkah with fresh, renewed takes on beautiful, ageless traditions. And lots of tasty treats!
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