New crop of hanukkiahs helps kick menorah doldrums

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Another Hanukkah season means another chance to impress with a creative menorah choice. Here are eight of the most inventive menorahs we’ve spotted this year.

1. Recycled Bicycle Chain Menorah: The biker or environmental activist in your life will appreciate this menorah — it’s made from recycled bike chains in Moradabad, India. You can twist and rearrange the shape of the hanukkiah however you’d like, and feel good about your tiny environmental footprint.

Bicycle chain menorah photo/moderntribe.com

2. Hanuka 21 Candleholder Menorah: Each side of this elegant, octagonal menorah — it’s actually an octahedron — has a different number of slots for candles. This hanukkiah requires “active” participation: Each night you’ll need to turn it onto a new side to fit an additional candle.

3. GRAV Menorah Bong. Jewish stoners of the world, rejoice! This device might not be great at holding candles, but it will definitely inspire its users to consume plenty of latkes. 

4. Hanukkah Dreidel Modular Menorah: Why not combine the two most identifiable symbols of the Hanukkah season into one product? This menorah’s small separate candleholders click together to form a multicolored dreidel. Just don’t try to make it perform both functions at once.

Octagon menorah photo/courtesy jewish museum

5. Thinking Out of the Box Menorah: If you’ve ever felt like sticking your Hanukkah candles in wacky sideways arrangements or in random magnetic places, this is the menorah for you. The possibilities are endless for its eight detachable magnetic candleholders, and it’s also handy for travel.

6. Copper Cork Menorah: Another clever travel menorah, the Copper Cork menorah transforms any bottle of wine into a menorah. “Great menorah for the college student!” reads a description on the product’s retailer web page.

7. Statue of Liberty Menorah: This hand-painted piece of folk art practically screams: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to celebrate Hanukkah!” Then there’s the cheeky ruby high heel peeking out from under Lady Liberty’s robe, reminding us that “there’s no place like home.” 

8. Blue Hanukkah Menorah with a Pomegranate Tree and Birds Design: Perhaps it’s no surprise that a menorah made in Israel depicts the pomegranate, one of the most symbolic foods in the Jewish tradition. But this classic, colorful hanukkiah will add sweetness and flavor to any holiday gathering.

Gabe Friedman
Gabe Friedman

Gabe Friedman is the features and global editor at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.