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Once again, the Rambam’s son never says what you attribute to him. He says that his father held that the arms were straight as you can see from the drawing. From the text, it seems clear that he never discussed this with his father and has just as much evidence (or lack thereof) as we do. If that’s your only proof that the Rambam held it, you need to retract.
In any event, what does it matter? Granted, the Rambam is the Rambam, but even if he did hold that way, he would be a da’at yachid (with the possible, but unlikely, addition of Rashi) in the face of not only every other authority (none of whom, him included, it should be stressed, ever saw the Menorah), but of the mounds of evidence we have from the time of the Mikdash and people who *did* see the Menorah. I suppose that not being charedi means occasionally saying that, yes, simply, X (even the Rambam!) got it wrong.
Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of in Teaneck, 2009 December 7: …the eternal lesson of Chanukah in every generation: That we never despair, that even at the darkest moments…
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