Saturday, December 16, 2006

What's that giant thing on the overpass with the propane lanterns? Must be Chanukah.

Where in America can Judaism become as in-your-face as red state, ten commandments on the courthouse lawn Christianity? Why, Brooklyn, of course. And it's definitely that time of year again: giant home-made menorahs on every overpass and public square. Menorah-mobiles circulating the neighborhoods. The menorah above is about eight or nine feet tall. Each day of Hannukah (or Chanukah, if you like), another propane lantern is added, so that cars passing below on the Prospect Expressway may know: CHANUKAH IS HERE; DAY ONE. There's another, much larger menorah a few blocks away at the southern entrance to Prospect Park. It's made of welded tubular steel, if my memory serves me correctly. I'll be snapping some photos of that one and any others I see in the next few days. You're probably still wondering what a menorah-mobile is. I had the pleasure of encountering two at once. Take that, Christmas!

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