the geeky way: make your own tiny menorah!
Yes, there's still a few days left for celebrating the Festival of Lights, and what better way than to create your own set of lights. Best of all, your menorah will be tiny enough to go anywhere and will fit in even the tiniest and grungiest of apartments, perhaps making this a perfect gift for the Jewish grad student in your life.
Find a kit containing all you'll need at Evil Mad Science
. The kits ($10 each + shipping) are open source hardware
, so you're free to alter them however you like. They are sold in 3mm LED
and 5mm LED-sizes, and they come in variations of blue, white, yellow and green lights. Of course, each "menorah" has the requisite nine lights. The whole gadget is wired so that each time you turn it on it displays one more light
than it did the night before, as is the custom for lighting the menorah each night for Hanukkah. Oh, and each kit comes with lights and wires, plus cute comic book-style instructions, which are pictured on the site. You will, however, need to supply the soldering iron needed to assemble it all. Only downer: last time I checked, stock was a bit limited. Say the LED freaks over at Evil Mad Science, these menorahs are pretty much the same as your traditional ones, except tiny...and they burn a lot less wax!