My Menorah

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Handmade copper menorah
Handmade copper menorah

My Menorah 

By Emery Wurmfeld

     A menorah is a stand that holds nine candles on the eight days of Hanukkah. The first night starts with two candles. Then, the second night, three candles and so on. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that memorializes a legend that says terrorists came and stole the oil for the lamp that is supposed to be constantly burning and the oil that was left was only enough to last one night. Instead, it lasted eight which was enough time for everybody to find oil that would last months. That is the story of Hanukkah.      My object is a menorah my great uncle made. It is used every night of Hanukkah to light candles. My family uses it every year. We sit around the table and sing while the candles go out. This menorah was made in New York CIty but my great uncle was from Germany and Hungary. The menorah is made of old copper pipes and some glue; and after it fell apart a little, tape.     The reason I picked this artifact is because it was made by a very important family member who is sadly no longer here to read this. The menorah has also recently started to fall apart. For example, this last Hanukkah my table almost caught on fire because one of the candles fell over. No one got hurt and my dad has lots of Gorilla Glue so it can be fixed. 

Place(s): Germany, Hungary, New York City

– EW

Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant