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This was topical (for פרשת בהעלותך) when I first learned of this, but when I brought the sedra sheet home to blog from, it got buried beneath other things, and out of sight, out of mind...

Did you know that the shape of the menorah, the seven-branched candelabrum which is the symbol ancient and modern of the Jewish state, is closely based on that of a local plant, Salvia palestina?

(And once again, the only image I can find to illustrate my point comes from a nutty messianic site. *sigh*)

Date: 2006-09-28 12:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hatam-soferet.livejournal.com
Duz it have flowers like almonds?

Date: 2006-09-28 12:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lethargic-man.livejournal.com
Judge for yourself. (http://www.jardin-des-senteurs.ch/catalogue/description.asp?art=SA7721) (Maybe not the flowers per se, but certainly other bits of it.)

Date: 2006-09-28 01:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ploni-bat-ploni.livejournal.com
Fascinating...

Now I wonder, do we have to make the arms of the menorah curved, or angular (as Chabad does), because when one looks at the plant, it could be either way. It's beautiful. A beautiful plant.

Amazing!

Judaism rocks :-) Now, that's a good sentiment for YK!

Date: 2006-09-28 02:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snjstar.livejournal.com
Very interesting

Date: 2006-10-04 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] curious-reader.livejournal.com
I have never seen such a plant. What kind of plant is that? Even nature celebrates Chanuka.

Date: 2006-10-04 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lethargic-man.livejournal.com
It's a species of sage.

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