There is something utterly magical about the glow of the Menorah, and the tradition of lighting the candles. This symbol of the miracle of light in the Jews' darkest of hours fills a home with a sense of purpose and history. The most beautiful menorahs are stunning, for sure, but they're also a powerful statement about history, and what it means.
This year, my family will be celebrating at our house, with various in-laws and friends, and while the children play with dreidels and the adults eat more latkes than what is socially appropriate, in the background will be the glow of the small menorah in the window. It's always been the plan to upgrade the menorah when we move, and since we've been looking for a house upstate for some time, I think this year may be the year we get something more grand. Since Hanukkah begins on the night of December 22, I'd better get a wiggle on if I want it to arrive in time to light.
The menorahs on this list range from very inexpensive to "when I get that big bonus check," and styles include electric models (which are great for homes with cats or small children). The one thing they all have in common is that they're gorgeous.