Tina's Hannukah Story
Can you tell me the difference between the two spellings? Here's my Hannukah/Chanukah story for you:
Where I live, I know of no Jewish communities, and I have no Jewish friends. I had no clue where to buy a menorah. So I told God that if He really wanted me to celebrate the holiday, that He would have to put something/someone in my path to let me know where I could get one.
The day before Hannukah was to arrive, I happened to be working in Nevada City and I was in one of the shops waiting to talk to the owner when I overheard someone telling someone else in the shop that someone she knew "knows everything Jewish". . . so I, of course, had to find out who she was talking about.
To my pleasant surprise, she was talking about the woman in the shop next door to her. So I went next door, and the woman had customers in her shop, but she asked me if she could help me. I told her what I was looking for, and she gave me the name of a Jewish community center and the street they were on and told me to call them first because they had very limited gift shop hours.
So I thanked her and went back to the shop next door to ask them if I could borrow their phone book and look up the phone number. I could not find the phone number in their phone book, however, so I went back to the lady at the shop next door and told her I was sorry to have to bother her again but that I had no luck finding their phone number. She pulled out her phone book and found the number for me right away, and when she found out I was celebrating my first Hannukah she asked me if I had a Jewish partner. I told her no but gave her your website and told her that is what transformed me.
She then took the time to draw me pictures, showing me how to set up the menorah with the candles. (I had to buy candles because I couldn't figure out how to use the oil in the menorah and I had very limited time.)
After leaving her shop, I called the gift shop and found out they were open for one more hour. So I drove the 3-mile trip to Grass Valley and the menorah I wanted to get was $36 and the candles were $8, so I needed $44 plus tax. I pulled out my check debit card to find out that they did not accept plastic, and I had no money and my checks are missing. She told me of a bank down the road where I could take money out. The ATM's only let you take out $20's so I needed to pull out $60 since $40 would not be enough. I wasn't sure how much money was left in the bank so I did a balance inquiry first and found out I only had $55 in there!
I asked God what to do next, and I remembered that my Dad had an account at the bank I was at and he had added my name to his account years ago. So I called him in Oklahoma and asked him if I could pull out $100 and put it back in when I got my check. . . he said "of course".
So that is how Father YAHUVEH provided me with my menorah, which is absolutely beautiful!
When I found a box of candles I bought years ago for 25 cents, they say Chanukah candles on them, and they are made in Israel. When I looked at the candles I bought from the Jewish Community Center, which have it spelled Hannukah, I was shocked to see they were made in China! Shouldn't the Jewish people be getting their candes from Israel, and if not, the U.S.?
Anyway, after the 2nd night, I started using the candles made from Israel, which fit the menorah perfectly. (The candles from China were slightly too big at the base and I had to "squeeze" them in.)
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