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LED Menorah Offers a Happy Digital Hanukkah

by Paul Strauss

With the holidays just over a month away, I figured it was time to share this clever Hanukkah gift that I came across a little while back.

led menorah

This modern spin on the Menorah is made from recycled circuit boards, and offers up a bright red LED for each night of celebration. From a strictly religious standpoint, I’m not really sure if LEDs qualify as a appropriate substitute for candles – but on the other hand, this Menorah won’t burn your house down either. To illuminate each light, just flip the appropriate DIP switch.

led menorah switches

The LED Menorah measures in at about 9″(w) x 5.5″(h), so it should fit nicely on your windowsill for all the passersby to see. And it runs on a single 9-volt battery which should last for several seasons (no more drippy candle wax).

You can find the LED Menorah over at FredFlare for just $25 bucks. Trust me, it’s a much better gift than another pair of support socks or tighty whities.

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Comments (6):

  1. Jeff S. says:

    As an observant Jew, I can tell you this item does not fulfill the halachic regulations regarding an acceptable hannukia, and it IS called a hannukiah, not a menorah. A hannukiah needs to have as it’s light source anything that will melt as it burns or which is already liquid (e.i. wax or oil).

    However, there is nothing to say this or any other electrically powered hannukiah cannot be used as a nice decoration that can be left on throughout the holiday or safely placed in a window, which the rabbis have encouraged except during times of persecution.

  2. technabob says:

    Thanks for the details. While it might not be religiously compliant, it’s still a cool decoration.

  3. Jeff S. says:

    No problem. I myself have a tiny ritual one and then a big, electrical, brass-looking traditional styled one that looks heavy and substantial and is just about a foot across. It has flame-like flickering bulbs It’s funny when people go to pick it up……since it looks so much like solid metal, they almost fling it into the air when they grab it because it’s only made of hollow plastic and very light.

    Hit me back if you want to know some more info on how to ritually light the he hannukia and which order they’re lit in, which one to use to light the others, etc.

  4. petachya says:

    And it’s only $20 at thinkgeek.com

  5. Jacob Rose says:

    If you went looking for it at ThinkGeek and didn’t find it, look again. We just got stocked properly. =)

  6. technabob says:

    Good to know. Thanks for the update, Jacob!

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