21 Dec '11, 5pm

The world’s first solar menorah

The world’s first solar menorah

The menorah, one of the big electrical kinds that progressive towns put up next to their Christmas trees in order to be inclusive, has always spent the holiday season standing around unlit, because there's nowhere to plug it in on Woodstock's Village Green. But a local Hasidic rabbi decided that a dark public menorah was a pretty sad sight, so he designed and built a solar apparatus from spare parts. Now the area's 5,000 Jews will have an illuminated menorah, and their moms will have to find some new darkness to sit around in. (If you didn't get that last joke, just trust me, it's a Jewish mother thing.)

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-12-21-the-worlds-first-sol...

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