I customarily make a Hanukiyah out of beer bottles, as a kind of homage to the hipsters in my life. The tradition goes back to my days in Nashville. But my alcoholic drink of choice has always been whiskey, which is why I am so sad to have missed the lighting of the whisky Hanukiyah in London last week.
BUCKHURST HILL: World’s first whisky Menorah unveiled
WHAT is thought to be the world’s first ever ‘whisky menorah’ was unveiled this evening (Sunday) to mark the Jewish festival of lights.
Dozens of people turned out at Buckhurst Hill Chabad, in Princes Road, to see the seven-foot-high ceremonial candle holder – made of clear pipes – filled with 65 litres of 17-year-old Scottish single malt in celebration of Chanukah.
Whisky from the menorah was then poured from a tap in the structure’s stem and auctioned off in bottles by Rabbi Odom Brandman to raise money for a new centre for the area’s Jewish community.
Two things: First, only “dozens” of people showed up?? It’s a whisky menorah! How are people not excited about this? Second, this article was written by a guy named Sam Adams.
HT to my friend Leah.
Pronounced: muh-NOHR-uh, Origin: Hebrew, a lamp or candelabra, often used to refer to the Hanukkah menorah, or Hanukkiah.