Is a Menorah Just Lights?

All religious symbols are multivalent,  possessing more than one meaning, or none at all. Even in the case of the most explicit representation, there’s always the option to claim that it’s “art” or “decoration” and shrug it off. But that’s not fair because cultural context does impose standard meanings.

A while back we looked at one instance, connected to Hanukkah, and repost it here.

Fairlawn NJ allowed the display of a Menorah in its Borough holiday display on public land a few years ago for the first time — after debating the matter for a mere 30 years.


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