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Israel : Menorah - Emblem of the State of Israel

Official Menorah emblem

Menorah (מנורה) is a seven branched-candelabrum that has been used as a symbol of Israel since ancient times. The national emblem of the State of Israel includes a Menorah, flanked by two olive branches.

History: The stylized image of the Menorah was adopted as the emblem of Israel by The Provisional Council of State on 11 Shevat 5709 (10 February 1949). The Bible (Exodus) includes specifications for the design of the Menorah to be placed in the Temple. Menorah has been used as one of the oldest Jewish symbols on coins and on ancient synagogue walls and floors. After the destruction of the Temple by the Romans, the Menorah was transported to Rome. A stone relief in the Triumphal Arch of Titus in Rome depicts the parade that carried the Menorah on the streets of Rome.

NOTE: By Israeli law, the official Menorah symbol of the State of Israel can only be displayed on official governmental sites. If you wish to use a symbol for Israel on a website, please use the flag of Israel.

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Temple Menorah Stamp

At archaeological excavations, images of the menorah have been found in mosaics. On January 9, 2012, a Temple Menorah Stamp was found in excavations near the Northern city Akko. The stamp was probably used to identify baked products.

Article on the discovery of the Temple Menorah Stamp in Akko