Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Special Chanukah Menorah

In 1975 our family was stationed with the US Army in Germany.  My wife and I were in an antique shop and came across the Chanukah menorah (candelabra)pictured above on the right.  Being thirty years after the war and knowing that there hadn't been a Jewish population in that area for the three decades, made us look in amazement and curiosity about the origin of the menorah.  We purchased it with the hopes of honoring and memorializing the family that may have once used it every year.  Since then we have continued to light this menorah every year on the eighth night of Chanukah.  Hopefully this will bring merit to that family and every Jewish family, which through persecution and hatred, are not able to light Chanukah candles.  Since Chanukah commemorates a victory over such persecution, it seems very appropriate to light our menorah, especially in Israel, in memory and honor of all Jews then and in more recent times.  Many families around the world are not able to serve our Creator in the way that they should and would enjoy -- let this menorah be for them.

May the coming year see peace throughout the world and all the Jews returning to Eretz Yisroel.    Next year we will all light our Chanukah menorahs in Jerusalem.  B"H


  1. I have a friend who was a madricha on a March of the Living trip in the mid-1990s. One of the more interesting things she experienced was in Poland. There were flea markets everywhere, and more than a little bit of Judaica for sale (also, everywhere). No doubt plundered from dead Jews during the war. However, anti-semitism was still so pronounced decades after Polish Jewry was wiped out, even with a mere 5000 aging Jews in a population of tens of millions, that the "owners" would actually refuse to sell the goods to Jews! This happened many times.

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