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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!)



Comments

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  February 16, 2011
Wow, very nice. I always enjoy seeing Hanukkah creations, especially legit ones.
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  December 9, 2010
That's a really cool idea for a gift Dave! That kid is lucky. Normally we're against glue and Lego but I think you made an excellent choice with that for this. Great work man! ~ Chris.
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  December 9, 2010
Very cool idea and design DK, love the playability of this.
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  December 9, 2010
HEY !! Happy hanoukkah !!!!!
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  December 8, 2010
That is excellent and very thoughtful!
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  December 8, 2010
That is very thoughtful, kind gentleman :)
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  December 8, 2010
Well played, good sir.~H
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  December 8, 2010
Great idea for a Hanukkah gift and beautifully executed as ever!
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  December 8, 2010
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.
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  December 8, 2010
wow thate is really smooth love it.are you from israle?,anyway can you comment an my creations if you can and have time
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  December 8, 2010
Should be MOTD. (not sarcasm) (not sarcasm) (not sarcasm...) (STOP ASKING)
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  December 8, 2010
Wow what a truly inspired gift! Not only will the little boy love this, but I am sure his parents will be very happy because he will be able to play and lean.
Dave Kaleta
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Gondabuggan Draconfell the gnome arcanist
  December 7, 2010
nice! i wish someone would make me a menorah like that! nice inscription on the back, and the drawer is remarkable! (i need to make one of these for myself!)
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  December 7, 2010
Wonderful, particularly with the lettering, drawer, and candels.
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  December 7, 2010
That is intense!
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  December 7, 2010
Nice work, this looks like a fun present to make as well as give!
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  December 7, 2010
Very nicely done, a great gift.
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  December 7, 2010
Thoughtful and well done!
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  December 7, 2010
Wow Dave, that is an excellent idea for a gift! Well done my friend! I love the candles, that's the neatest touch.
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  December 7, 2010
really cool. i just went to my friend's hanukkah party recently aswell.
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  December 7, 2010
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).
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  December 7, 2010
This is very cool and such a nice & thoughtful gift.
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  December 7, 2010
That's gotta be the 'blockiest' and 'awesomest' menorah I've ever seen!
 
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