Shamos, an alternative spelling for shamas or shamash, is the candle used to light the other candles on a Chanukah menorah, also called a helper candle.noun
The candle that sits in the middle of a Chanukah menorah is an example of a shamos.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Variant of shamas
noun pl. shamosim
- a synagogue official who provides various services, often one who manages day-to-day affairs
- the candle used to light the other candles in a Hanukkah menorah
Origin: Yiddish < Heb shamash, servant, sexton < root šmš, to serve, minister
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