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Manischewitz Tiki Torch Menorah

A new lamp for the concord of our souls at the festival of lights: the Manischewitz Tiki Torch Menorah. Happy Hanukkah, friends.

Menorah Free-Build (Duplo, candles, PVC), Temple Free-Build

Once you’ve covered the basic rules of kosher menorah structure, practiced the sequences of adding candles and lighting them, and have worked on the blessings, it’s time for free build. The setup can’t be easier, but the rewards are big.

DIY Menorahs from Repurposed or Otherwise Interesting Materials

All my DIY Hanukkah menorahs are made with repurposed materials, scrap or otherwise compelling components. Meatloaf? Easter eggs? Car parts? Marmite jars? Swim noodles? Plumbing supplies? LEGO, too, of course. And more. Irresistible materials attract builders. To build any menorah is a far deeper learning … Continue reading

Bottle Lid Menorah (flame or LED)

Scraptastic or simply crap? Here’s why I vote for the former: Orange juice lids are the exactly perfect right size for tealight candles. I dare you to not enjoy slipping a candle into the inner ring of an upturned Tropicana lid. Irresistible. Kids love it. … Continue reading

Menorah vs. Hanukkiyah (easy show ‘n’ tell)

A Menorah is a lamp. A lamp is a menorah. A Hanukkah menorah  is a hanukkiyah. This little set up (above) is so easy to assemble, and its a great way to start a class about menorah structure, rules, and vocab.

LEGO menorah: Star Wars (flameless)

Hanukkah and Star Wars. Both stories involve Rebels vs. an Imperial Army. Both stories incite argument about what is in the “canon” and what isn’t.*

Happy Hanukkah (with Nanoblock Menorahs)

Happy first night of Hanukkah!  I hope that by now, you have found a just-right menorah to light your holiday.

Star Wars PEZ Menorah with Candy Flame

PEZ Hanukkah menorahs have been a thing for awhile, which means I wasn’t interested in making one, but when my Mom came for a visit bearing a Star Wars Limited Edition PEZ Collector’s Set With 9 Star Wars PEZ Dispensers, what else … Continue reading

Menorahs and other lessons through (literally) Jewish lenses

I don’t often tout a store-bought product, but I recently discovered that Jewish Star spectacles are back in production. The holographic lenses convert every focused light source into a Jewish star. Peep at a candle, a ceiling fixture, a lamp, and … Continue reading

Paper Chain Menorah, made by kids

I needed an oversize Hanukkah decoration for our school’s program on Sunday, big enough to be seen across a drab Social Hall. Yesterday, a random Pinterest pic reminded me of an oldie but goodie: a big, paper-chain hanukkiyah. If mounted low enough, it … Continue reading

Socket Menorah, instant DIY for the Jewish Garage

Sockets are instant candleholders.  And a socket holder is an instant Hanukkah menorah base. Thus, the Socket Menorah: instant ritual object for the handyperson or car nut.

Schlemiel on a Wheel, Schmuck on a Truck, Schnorrer on a Menorah, etc.

Mensch on a Bench and Maccabee on the Mantle are riffs on Elf on a Shelf.  So, here’s my riff on the riffs: a trio of tiny Jews—Yiddish stock characters—on Things. All are cautionary tales. However, unlike the toy/book combos just mentioned, they … Continue reading

Oil Menorahs, DIY or Buy

When I first started doing Jewish holidays I remember being baffled by the Hanukkah candles. Wasn’t the Hanukkah story all about oil? Most every kid’s book highlights the miraculous oil, we fry our latkes and sufganiyot in oil, but every year we (and all … Continue reading

Mini mint menorah (2.25″ wide): The Smalls

Last year I made a “curiously tiny” menorah from an Altoids tin. I also made the claim that as menorahs go, you can’t get much smaller.  I was wrong.

Elephant Warrior Oil Menorah (with bonus martyr)

Today’s menorah features Eleazar Maccabee (Judah’s little brother) and the elephant that was his downfall (because it fell down on him). What else would I make with a ziploc bag of spent rifle casings? With me, anything longer than it is wide is not automatically … Continue reading

Hands-on Menorah Quiz (for School, Carnival)

The word “quiz” is instant Carnival buzzkill, right?  Hardly the sort of catchy title to entice kids to a Chanukah Carnival station.  But really, it is a quiz, my activity, not a game.  And if it’s facilitated in the right … Continue reading

Altoids tin Menorah

Nine hexnuts glued inside an empty Altoids tin = Travel Menorah.  Or, a Curiously Tiny Menorah.  You can’t get much easier.  Or smaller for that matter. (EDIT: see smaller one here.)  Mine is the classic Altoids size, and it holds—just … Continue reading

Dormenorah (upcycled LED Menorah for dorm)

An upcycled menorah for a dorm room, made of an old yardstick and plastic Easter eggs.  My cost was zero, because I happened to have eggs left over from the seder plate lesson plan wherein I tried to convince 3rd graders … Continue reading

Handyman Menorah (DIY “Man-orah” for dorm or home)

A “Man-orah.”  100%  hardware, rough and ready.  Instant.  Cheap.  Uncomplicated.   Just hacksaw 18.5″ off the end of a pine 1×3, slap some glue on 9 PVC fittings and you’re done.  No need to sand the splinters or remove the … Continue reading

Marmite Menorah

The subset of people who love Marmite and who celebrate Hanukkah must be infinitesimal, so I do not expect a ton of hits on this project.  Still, it begged to be created: a Marmite Menorah.  Mmmmmm. The name sounds delicious, … Continue reading