Rosh Hashanah 24: Making a Seven-Branched Menorah


gemara[Audio below.] Rabbi Mordechai Koster is presently a member of the kollel at Bais Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, where he receivedsemichah. He has written several seforim on halacha and on the moadim called Gevuras Akiva. In addition, he releases a gilyon on the parsha in halacha and aggadaevery week.

Rabbi Kostner previously learned at Yeshiva of Far Rockaway, Yeshiva Shaar HaTorah and Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim.

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The following is a shiur delivered via telephone that is featured exclusively on

Today’s shiur is on the topic of “Making a Seven-Branched Menorah.


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    ? One is prohibited from building a house in the form of the Beis Hamikdosh. One cannot make a courtyard similar to the courtyard of the Beis Hamikdosh. One is forbidden from creating a menorah corresponding to the menorah in the Beis Hamikdosh. He is not allowed to make a menorah that has seven stems even if he constructs it from other metals. Rabbi Yosi maintains that one may not make a menorah out of wood either.

    The sefer Shoel U’meishiv wants to answer the famous Beis Yosef’s question with this halacha. The Beis Yosef asks why do we eight days of Chanukah when the miracle was only for seven days? There was enough oil found for one complete day. He answers that it is forbidden to make a menorah with seven stems. This is forbidden even if it is not in the precise dimensions of the menorah in the Beis Hamikdash. Chanukah could not be seven days since the menorah couldn’t have seven stems.

  2. I don’t know if you listened to the shiur but he discusses that very point if this is an answer to the bais yosef’s question. The problem is that many disagree with the shoel u mesihiv and hold that as long as the seven branched menorah is not an exact copy it would be permitted, especially if the menorah that you are making would be pusul for the bais hamikdosh.