I found an image taken from the Hebrew Cervera Bible. An illuminated manuscript dated c.1299, a designated National Treasure from the National Library of Portugal in Lisbon. This image and caption caught my eye and my curiosity. The caption source is unknown to me.
One of the oldest symbols of the Jewish faith is the menorah, a seven-branched candelabrum used in the Temple.
It has been said that the menorah is a symbol of the nation of Israel and its mission to be “a light unto the nations.” (Isaiah 42:6). The sages emphasize that light is not a violent force; Israel is to accomplish its mission by setting an example, not by using force. This idea is highlighted in the vision of the Prophet Zechariah who sees a menorah, and G-d explains: “Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit.” (Zechariah 4:1-6)
- A project of the American-Isreali Cooperative Enterprise, The Jewish Virtual Library – everything you need to know from anti-semitism to Zionism.
- Light Unto the Nations – wiki page