Sunday, December 13, 2009

Electronic Menorah

That's something we always thought was tacky when I was growing up, electric Menorahs, for example:

That's something that would be put up by an institution, a school, or in an apartment building lobby, along with the ubiquitous Christmas tree with its electric lights.  After all, it doesn't make sense to have something burning when there's no one to watch over it.  But for individuals and families to rely on an electric Menorah, that's like, oy!

Real Menorahs burn, like, with fire.  Mostly we use candles, but to be really traditional, you can use little bowls of oil, because that's what it originally was about, the burning of purified, sanctified olive oil in a lamp in the Temple, meant to symbolize the light present at Mount Sinai at the time the Torah was given.  

The Chanukah Menorah is a special kind of Menorah, by the way, also known as a Chanukiah.  Regular  Menorahs only have six lights rather than eight (the center light is just a "helper" used to light the others), six lights corresponding to the six points of the Star (or Shield) of David (aka the Seal of Solomon).  The Chanukah Menorah has eight lights to symbolize and commemorate the "miracle" of Chanukah, that after retaking our Temple in Jerusalem from the Syrian-Greek conquerors, there was only oil enough for one day, but somehow it lasted for the eight days needed to get a new supply.  Not the biggest miracle in the world, but after all, Chanukah is just a minor holiday.

And all of this is besides the point, except as a launching pad for me to introduce you to this cool video that brings an electronic, science fiction theme to Chanukah.  So let me present to you, Honika Electronica:

So, I wonder if this guy is related to Mel Brooks at all?

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