In Judaism the menorah - a lampstand or candelabrum - has either seven or nine branches. The former is a traditional symbol of Judaism, while the latter is used during Hannukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Lasting eight days in December, Hannukah celebrates the recapture - in second century BCE - of the Temple in Jerusalem. According to a Talmudic legend, when the Eternal Light was relit, a single day's oil "miraculously" lasted for eight days.
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