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Menorah lights hope for second oil miracle

by Tom Tugend

October 10, 2008 | 3:59 pm

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Alternative energy symbols, which are laser cut into crystal menorah, from left, are biofuel, electric, wind, coal, nuclear, natural gas, solar, water. The symbols are a reminder to adopt alternative energy sources.


There are golf, art deco and Noah's Ark menorahs and also cat, bride-and-groom and fire truck chanukiyahs.

But that's all so 5768.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has come up with an alternative energy menorah of elegant crystal design, with candleholders inscribed with the laser-cut symbols for biofuel, electric car, wind power, clean coal, nuclear, natural gas, solar and hydropower.

The Energy Alternative Menorah is more than a decorative artifact, for if the Maccabbees fought for freedom from foreign occupiers, America is now struggling for freedom from foreign oil despots.

From Iran to Venezuela, petrodictators are using billions of our dollars to fund terrorism and propaganda against the United States and Israel, noted Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Wiesenthal Center.

"Reducing our dependence on foreign oil must become America's No. 1 national security priority, and everyone must share in the task," he added.

To that end, the center has launched its Energy Independence Initiative, including educational lectures and exhibits, petitions, and creation of the menorah.

Complimentary menorahs will be sent to all 50 governors and to mayors of major cities. Menorahs are also available for purchase, priced at $180, with a 10 percent discount if ordered before Nov. 1.

"The goal of our initiative is to trigger a basic change in the attitude of every American, so we can stop hemorrhaging our national wealth to benefit our enemies," said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the center's associate dean.

For more information on the menorah, call (800) 553-4474 or visit www.wiesenthal.com

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