Name given to the light which is kept burning in the synagogue. It is a symbol of the golden
seven-branched candelabrum (menorah)
which burned continuously in the Temple.
Originally this was placed in a niche in the western wall, but subsequently was
suspended in front of the Ark.
The ner tamid has been interpreted
alternatively as the symbol of God's presence and as the spiritual light
emanating from the Temple. In ancient times it was created by a wick burning in
olive oil; however, in the modern period an electric light is normally used.