Cleaning Off a Menorah In Time For Chanukkah

By the way, we interestingly somehow (at least in Ashkenazi circles), as I have come to learn, pronounce the “ח” as “ch” when we should pronounce it as “kh” (Incidentally, this might be relatable to how the Spanish pronounce a “j” as an “h”; whereas the Latins pronounce the “j” as a “y”, as do the Slavs. The difference, of course, is that Askhenazi Jews are originally Jews, whereas the Iberians were not originally Latinos. Anyway….)

I went to trying to figure out how to clean off my chanukkiah (See below.). Having previously learned tips from Hebrew4Christians (which is basically a Reform/Liberal Nazarene website∗) and tips from other websites, I eventually came up with my own tips:

  1. Use a fork instead of a butter knife to dig out any candle wax (Trust me; a knife, let alone a butter knife, does not work.) The low blow-dryer setting works only so well, and the high blow-dryer setting is what I recommend for the most part.
  2. Use Borax®, baking soda, vinegar, and hot water. Clean the chanukkiah with a cloth in a bowl of the four aforementioned ingredients (of course, with dipping the cloth in said bowl). Rinse the chanukkiah with hot water. I myself use the four ingredients, then all but the water for a recleaning. Also rinse with hot water during the recleaning. For extra cleaning, use a natural and/or organic cleaner (I use Mrs. Meyer’s ® Clean Day cleaner.). You may want to apply the cleaner after you use the baking soda, etc.; and before you rinse the chanukkiah. For drying, use the blowdryer.
  3. By the way, make sure that you’re keeping the cloth clean once in a while.

And the 1980s chanukkiah that my mom got at a party to which a then coworker invited her looks (except for that it’s been touched a few times since it was clean today) like it’s new:


∗Needless to say, I no longer support that site; since John Parsons, the site’s owner, made extremely clear that he does not believe in the immutability/inerrancy and infallibility of Tanakh, and he does not like those who confront his position. Nonetheless, I am linking to the page in question because I generally do not believe in taking ex-post-facto actions; and it gives basically-good tips.

This was taken back in 2009/5769 (I know that some people will say “5770”, and that is a debate for another time.).
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Born in the Diaspora in 1990, Nicole Czarnecki didn’t even know that she’s Jewish until about 2008. As a Jewish Christian and an aspiring olah with more of a history than she ever knew and hope for a future of which she can't even begin to dream, she aspires to help others learn from their histories and build hopeful futures for everyone whom aspires to pursue tzedek and tikkun ha’olam.
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