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The commandment to build a Menorah in the Temple (Tabernacle) is biblical and found in Ex25 as noted. The commandment to light a Chanukah menorah is rabbinic. There is no rabbinic obligation to light a Shamash. Rather there is a rabbinic obligation to light at least one light each of 8 nights. However, the custom has developed that 1 light is lit on night 1, ...


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Scripture never refers to a specific branch on the 7 candle stick menorah as a "shamash". But Isaiah does refer to the Messiah as the "servant branch". There are I believe 9 seperate words in tje hebrew la language that mean "branch". Only one of these words refers to what the prophecy of the coming Measiah would be. In the ...


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