The Menorah Connection
It was February 26, 2008. Several people had remarked to me that the Hope Pin design reminded them of a Menorah. I was intrigued by their remarks and decided to conduct additional research upon the Temple Menorah and its origin. Lo and behold, I discovered that the original Temple Menorah resembled the Hope Pin in its triangular and diagonal design. In fact, the two sketches above were taken from various sources. While the Menorah branches are commonly depicted in a semi-circular shape of a rounded arch, a recently discovered source shows otherwise. According to a recent historical find, the great Maimonides (Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimonides -1135-1204) had drawn a diagram of a Menorah that depicted the Menorah’s seven branches in straight diagonal lines in his Mishna Menachot 3:7. His son, Rabbi Abraham ben Moshe, who attests to the specific details of his father’s illustrious drawing, has further confirmed his illustrations.
In agreement with Rambam, another Jewish sage the renowned Rashi (1040-1105) also states clearly in a commentary: "The Menorah branches descend diagonally to the center." (It should be noted that this 12th century Maimonidian manuscript had not been available to the earlier Talmudic commentators).