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Happy Chanukah, and Live Long and Prosper

Star Trek Menorah (Source: Gizmodo/The Evil Mad Scientist)Jews have always been short-shrifted when it comes to the practice of holiday lighting. Sure, Chanukah is the Festival of Lights, and we have a grand tradition of eating delicious fried foods, but let's face it, our lighted decorations pale in comparison to the Gentiles when it comes to over-the-top sharing of merriment.
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Written by Jason Perlow, Senior Technology Editor on

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Star Trek Menorah (Source: Gizmodo/The Evil Mad Scientist)

Jews have always been short-shrifted when it comes to the practice of holiday lighting. Sure, Chanukah is the Festival of Lights, and we have a grand tradition of eating delicious fried foods, but let's face it, our lighted decorations pale in comparison to the Gentiles when it comes to over-the-top sharing of merriment.

The Chanukah Menorah (or chanukkiyah, the one with the traditional 9 Chanukah candles) is a symbolic representation for celebrating a military victory against the Seleucid Empire during the Maccabean revolt of 165 BCE.  It is a solemn lighted decoration meant for reflection and our recognition of the miracle of the resistance, and it is meant to be serious.

So when  I came across this great LED Star Trek Menorah at Gizmodo, made with Evil Mad Scientist's Deluxe LED Menorah Kit, I was absolutely thrilled. I mean, what band of military men better signifies desperate battles against overwhelming odds than Captain Kirk and his crew? And besides, if you know your Chanukah Song, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy are both Jews.

Or you could go the Star Wars Route. In any case, Happy Chanukah.

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