With Hanukkah in full swing, we wondered where the tradition of lighting Menorahs - the centerpiece of the Jewish holiday home - came from and how much it costs to buy one of these antique treasures.
Prior to 1850, European Jews were excluded from joining the crafts guilds, so early Judaica was made mostly by Christian artisans.
In December, Jewish families ready menorahs - traditional nine-candle candelabra - in preparation for the eight-day Festival of Lights. While menorahs are the best-known form of Judaica, the category embraces many other ceremonial objects, including spice containers, Sabbath candleholders, mezuzah cases, seder plates, Torah pointers, and kiddush cups. "Judaica recalls ancestral customs and ceremonies from many centuries of Jewish life all over the world," says Michael Ehrenthal of Moriah Galleries in New York City - from 17th-century Italian synagogues to homes in 18th-century Poland and central Europe, to the Jewish communities ofRead More »from Learning more about menorahs