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Saturday, December 1, 2012

acrylic Lucite menorah | Astrolite Products | Ritts Co., L.A. | Various designers | ca. 1970s

Ritts Company, Astrolite Products is well known for their designs in acrylic (Lucite).  The company is also well known for their candlesticks in a variety of different designs.  Click for a brief history of Ritts Company and Astrolite Products.

Ritts Company, Astrolite Products acrylic menorahRitts Company, Astrolite Products acrylic menorah

Here is a Lucite plastic Hanukkah menorah by Astrolite Products that bears an original Astrolite Products label.  The menorah is 18” wide by 5-1/2” tall by 2-3/4” deep.  It is a beautifully modern take on ancient tradition.

The menorah has a place for nine candles and is lit during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah.  The ninth holder, called the shamash (“helper” or “servant”), is reserved for the candle used to light the other candles. The holder for the shamash candle is distinguished from the other eight, which sit at the same height.  Traditionally, the shamash is placed higher than the others, often in the center, with four of the other candles on each side.  The order of lighting begins with the rightmost in the row relative to the person lighting, and each candle is lit using either the shamash or a different candle or match. Each night afterwards for the next seven nights, one additional candle is lit.

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More views of the menorah.

Reference

Menorah (Hanukkah). Retrieved December 1, 2012 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menorah_(Hanukkah)


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