12 Modern Menorahs to Light Your Design-Loving Fire This Hanukkah

Hanukkah is two weeks away, and while that surely means lots of latkes, jelly donuts, and listening to Adam Sandler on repeat, it also means lighting candles every night for eight nights starting December 12. Usually, I choose between three menorahs: There’s the vintage one from Jerusalem passed down from my grandmother, flanked by the Lion of Judah; there’s the green and gold traditional one I got as a memento for myself in Israel; and there’s the silver, super ornate one I have from Brighton (you know the kind). But this year, I’m on the hunt for something more modern. A fresh, clean-lined take on the Festival of Lights. And with so many to choose from, I selected just a few from my quest to make your holiday prep a little easier.

Above: The only thing better than white marble is colored marble. Especially when it’s a sleek block of dark green Vermont Verde marble with contrasting white veining. This menorah will fit right in with the rest of your modern tabletop objects.

I’m pretty sure any time you see a religious symbol covered in splatter paint, you should go after it. (But if you’re more traditional, this one also comes in solid blue.)

This geometric menorah is made of wood and metal—it’s a sleek addition to your eight crazy nights.

Organic-inspired thanks to the tree branches, modern thanks to the gilded coating, and elegant thanks to all the candlelight. Though it’s not a kosher menorah since the candles aren’t arranged in a straight line, it still holds the necessary nine candles and I love the non-traditional twist for those who aren’t as observant. Plus, it can be used as a centerpiece year-round.

While this sort of looks like a moose head when not holding candles, once you get past that, the hammered silver makes for a very artsy, sculptural piece.

How adorable is this dachshund menorah? It’s by Jonathan Adler, so you know you’re getting cheeky and modern all in one. Plus, it’s part of a whole litter of cute little animals—there’s a brass bird and a ceramic elephant, too.

Marmol Radziner is an awesome design-build firm in Los Angeles, and I always love when companies like that cross over into product design. You can really feel the architectural influence in this menorah—in the materials of solid walnut and bronze, and the modern, minimalist shape.

Well, I knew I liked her furniture and phone cases, but I didn’t realize Kate Spade had menorahs, too. This golden beauty is sure to make a fashionable statement.

It actually hurt me to only pick one of the menorahs from ANNA by RabLabs. Real, physical pain. I went with the Brazilian Crystal Quartz option because I have a thing for quartz and I like the organic shape, but do yourself a favor and visit her site for the rest of them. Trust me—you won’t know how much you like alabaster until you see these.

Designed by Brad Ascalon, this Carrara marble menorah tapers off to the side at an 18-degree angle—a number that symbolizes life in Judaism. And, since it’s part of the permanent collection at the National Museum of American Jewish History, you’ll be able to say you have your very own masterpiece.

There are several things that make this menorah the one to beat. The first is that each holder is modular and can be configured however you’d like. The next are the tapered holders to catch the melting wax (seriously—tin foil memories from your childhood anyone?). And the third is that they’re made of brass that will patina over time and make them even cooler down the road.

While I, of course, understand that a $2,500 solid brass menorah is not for everyone, should you be in the market for an extra, extra special menorah, I didn’t dare leave this one out.



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