Well yes he did shrug, and so might you when you count the number of candle holders as there are only 7 – see information below. This Rabbi is created from railroad ties found in Vermont. His hands, feet, face, and hat are all raku (ceramic)
The 7 branch menorah is a common and very old symbol of Judaism, and is seen in artwork, carvings and synagogue decorations all over the world. … The 9 branch menorah is properly called a hanukiah, as it is designed specifically to be used at Hanukah, to light the eight candles for the eight days of the holiday.
A menorah, which has only seven candleholders, was the lamp used in the ancient holy temple in Jerusalem — now a symbol of Judaism and an emblem of Israel. A Hanukkiah, however, has nine candlesticks — one for each night of Hanukkah and an extra one to light the others
Height 12 inches
Width 8 inches
Depth 3 inches
Weight 6 lbs