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A Los Angeles Childhood - Menorah Memories - Chanukah 2012
Monday, 10 December 2012 20:17

The menorah I now have is the one that Grandma Goldenberg gave my mom and dad when they married. The same one was given to Aunt Minnie and Uncle Gordon.

The menorah shows two Lions of Judah, facing each other with small cups for candles along the bottom and a shamas, the head candleholder at the top. Since it was right after the war (WW II), it was made of pot metal, a white metal die cast zinc, inexpensive and low melting temperature, there is a hole in the side of the shamas, probably from the heat from the candles burning below it over the years.

I take out my menorah. I try to remember how many times my mother cleaned out the wax at the end of the eight days, and how long had she placed the shamas in a half of a potato to keep it separate and safe.

Three days ago I took out the menorah and like my mother, poured hot water to get out the extraneous wax left in the holders and spattered on the front of the lions. All was ready Saturday at sundown for the welcoming in of Chanukah.

Since my mother was a full charge bookkeeper and kept track of everything, the meat she bought and listed in a small book with the date and the price. The little stickers she put on every item that came into the house with the date and the sale price, I thought I would do a little calculation of just how many candles have had the honor of burning since the first time, how many total years.

From 1945 to 2012, for 67 years, with eight days each year would have 536 days of Chanukah. 44 candles for each Chanukah and we have a grand total of 2,948 candles.

Whether you celebrate the season, or Chanukah in particular, I wish you all a happy Winter Solstice, and look forward to the return of the light.

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