7 Branch, 5.3-foot Menorah
Available for Purchase
I receive numerous requests asking, “Where can I purchase the furniture of the tabernacle?” The two vessels requested the most are the Ark of the Covenant and the Menorah. My general response is, “All of my teaching props are hand-crafted by me or artisans closely associated with The Tabernacle Man teaching ministry.”
The Tabernacle Man Menorahs
The dimensions of the menorah are not given in the Bible. The book of Exodus only offers a description of the design and weight of the menorah. However, the oral tradition of Judaism suggests the menorah stood three common cubits high (approximately 18 inches per cubit – using the “Common cubit” length of measurement), or approximately 5.3 feet tall (Babylonian Talmud - Menahot 28b).
Jewish tradition informs us that the original menorah may have weighed 75 pounds, depending upon the calculation of the biblical weight of a “talent.” The molten gold would have been poured into a mold.
The Temple Institute in Jerusalem commissioned artisans to build a menorah commonly known as the Second Temple era menorah. The menorahs available from The Tabernacle Man are of similar design to the Second Temple Menorah.
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Difficulty of Creating the Menorah
For years I tried to bend steel pipe, copper, and any other materials I could find. The base and some of the bulbs and cups are easy to craft in comparison to the curved arms or branches.
I searched for years for someone who did not think I was crazy asking if they would consider building a mold in the shape of the Second Temple menorah and then casting some type of molten metal. Finally, I found a foundry to do this for me. Here is the final product.
Dimensions of Menorah from The Tabernacle Man
The menorah is constructed of 88 separate parts that are individually cast using 108 pounds (48.89 kg) of molten aluminum. The menorah is 64 inches (approximately 5.3 feet or 162.56 cm) tall and the arms span 47 inches (119.38 cm). The aluminum can be polished or gold powder coated as seen in the picture below.
This project required several months to produce the first menorah. Now that the process has been perfected the turn around time from ordering to shipment is 21- to 30 days. This menorah is designed for olive oil burning. Special sealed glass containers and accompanying cotton wick are filled with 100% virgin olive oil.
Brass or Aluminum?
Standing side by side, difference between the brass or aluminum gold, powder coated menorah, is difficult to distinguish. The main difference is the weight. However, you may prefer the polished aluminum version and apply your own paint or gold-leaf finish to the menorah. The menorah constructed of brass increases the weight to approximately 243 pounds (110 kg). Due to the extra weight of a brass menorah shipping charges average $1,000 USD. If you want to purchase a brass menorah the cost of shipping will be determined once the pre-order is made.
Delivery and set up is possible within the United States. If needed, I can ship these worldwide if your country utilizes DHL or FedEx as a courier. Shipping charges would be determined by the courier and must be paid at the time of ordering a menorah.
Personally, I believe the gold powder coated aluminum menorah is the better than the brass menorah. Moving a 108-pound object is much easier than 243 pounds!
polished aluminum gold powder coat
$4,200 USD shipping included $4,800 USD shipping included
$5,000 USD plus shipping.
Shipping this much weight has averaged $1,000 USD for a previous order.
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I do not take a salary from the donations given to The Tabernacle Man.
100% of the profits are directed to building of new teaching props, production of new video programs and the purchasing medical supplies for medical mission trips to Verrettes, Haiti. When in Haiti, I work alongside the teams from Medical Student Missions and Health Corps Haiti https://www.medicalstudentmissions.org/
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