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And if you like, you can watch the Torah.org online chanukiah as it is updated daily during the holiday to illustrate that night's candle configuration. As the

site — torah.org/learning/ yomtov/chanukah — mentions in a tongue-in-cheek fashion: "Note! Rabbinic authorities agree: you CAN'T fulfill the Mitzvah by looking at a computer screen!"

For some thought-provoking articles about chanukiot, see the Eliezer Segal Web site — www.ucalgary.ca/~elsegal/Shokel/Calendar_Index.html#Hanukkah

If you don't have time to visit a Jewish museum, you can visit some gorgeous chanukiot online. Many of us may be familiar with the traditional ornate silver chanukiot, such as the one 19th century silver chanukiah — http://rj.org/uahc/congs/tn/tn002/ Judaica_Exhibit/

Chanukah_Menorah.html — on display at the Adler Judaica Collection in Memphis, Tenn. Or take a look at the 1767 bronze chanukiah — www.trumanlibrary.org/ israel/menora.htm — that Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion presented to President Truman as a token of esteem for the president's recognition of the state of Israel.

Of course, modern artists have been inspired to craft chanukiot using a multitude of materials into countless stunning designs — http://uahcweb.org/ny/tinw/

ReligiousLiving/ReligiousObjects/

MenorahImages.htm Nowadays, it is not uncommon to see massive chanukiot on public display in major cities throughout the world. Chabad's Virtual Chanukah site — http://virtualchanukah.com/lights/video/menorah_stills.asp — has pictures of menorahs from Boston to Bologna and from Denver to Disney World.

Although the tradition of lighting Chanukah candles may seem obvious, the Ohr Somayach Web site — www.ohr.org.il/special/chanukah — tackles plenty of contemporary questions about the commandment. Here's one the Maccabees probably never had to face. How can you fulfill the mitzvah if an overnight flight from the United States to Europe means you won't have the opportunity to light a chanukiah? The response is "In this case there is no obligation to light Chanukah lights. The Talmud describes the mitzvah to light Chanukah lights as 'a candle for a person and his home' (Shabbat 21b). The obligation to light Chanukah candles applies only if you are based in a home at the appropriate time for fulfilling the mitzvah. But if you're riding with your family in a car or plane the entire night — and there's nobody residing in your home — you're exempt from lighting Chanukah candles."

If you are earth-bound during the holiday, you may want to try your hand at making your own menorah. The Mazornet.com site — www.mazornet.com/jewishcl/Holidays/Chanukah/

menorah-building.htm — has four plans including the Builder's Special, which uses ceramic tiles and shot glasses, and the Seaside Special, which calls for seashells and driftwood.

I normally don't plug commercial products in this column but there is one other do-it-yourself chanukiah that really caught my attention. The Hershey's Kisses Sweet Menorah calls for a base of silver-foiled chocolates topped by nine cardboard "candles." On each night, an additional red-foiled Kiss "flame" is added until all the candles are lit! You'll find it at www.hersheyskisses.com/htm/crafts_6512_menorah.htm

Have a very happy holiday.