A playable menorah, built as a Hanukkah gift for a 2 year old.
About this creation
My friend's 2 year old son has started to get into Duplo (building towers). I've been invited over for dinner this week, which is Hanukkah, and I thought what better way to inspire the lad, than give him his own Lego menorah! I did use glue (for the first time!) on this model; after all, it will be in delicate hands.
This is the back of the menorah.
On the front you can see the Hebrew letters nun, gimel, hey, shin, which appear on dreidels and are an acronym for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, "A great miracle happened there". In Israel, the fourth character is Pei, because "A great miracle happened here".
The playability begins with a drawer that opens on the side (this may require some parental assistance).
The drawer is actually quite deep, but well secured, and will never come out.
Inside we have nine candles (well held together with Gorilla Glue to avoid choking hazard).
There's plenty of room to fit all the unused candles inside.
Hanukkah (a festival of lights) celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt. On each of the eight nights, a successive candle is added to the menorah (starting on the right, my picture is incorrect!) and the shamash (the middle helper candle) is used to light the other candles.
So, on the last night of Hanukkah, all nine candles would be lit and on display.
Here's the menorah with dreidels and gelt, which are traditionally used by children at Hanukkah.
This menorah will allow the lad to add his own 'lit' candles, without any safety risk. (He probably already has a practice menorah, but not a Lego one!)
What a perfect gift for Hanukkah! I'd like to get my own :) Between I think correct name is hanukiah or chanukkiyah, which is special version of Menorah for Hannukah, difference is number of candles - 9 and 7.
Or maybe you're Jew and you know at best that ' menorah' is correct for both? Just asking.
Thatīs what I call a lucky kid. Itīs not only a very nice designed gift (from the winner of the MOC Olympics), but also something very personal. Iīm sure the boy will love it (and hate you in a few years, because you glued the bricks together, haha).