- sexton(def 2).
- the candle used to kindle the candles in the Hanukkah menorah.
Origin of shammes
1945–50; < Yiddish shames < Hebrew shammāsh server, attendant
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- an official acting as the beadle, sexton, and caretaker of a synagogue
- the extra candle used on the Feast of Hanukkah to kindle the lamps or candles of the menorah
Word Origin for shammes
from Hebrew shāmmāsh, from Aramaic shĕmāsh to serve
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