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The Marvelous Menorah

Shayna Friedman

Yitzchak Biton, a student at the Tel Aviv School of Industrial Design, created a child-friendly, glow-stick menorah. It has no oil, no wicks, and no fire, but this menorah can burn for eight days — and that’s a real miracle!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Maccabees were from Modiin; where are you from? I was born in Beit She’an, in the north, and studied at a yeshivah in Nahariaya. After yeshivah, I went to study industrial design.   Why industrial design? I’m artistic but I wanted to create something beautiful and useful, not just art hanging on a wall. With industrial design, I feel I’m doing my little part in tikkun olam, repairing the world. What can you design — planes, couches, toasters, bikes? Yes, I can design any one of those and much more. In my final project for school I had to create an electrical violin. The research alone took three months; I knew very little about violins when I started. At the end, I was able to create a beautiful, functional instrument.

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