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Come Light the Menorah

Ahava Ehrenpreis

In the basement of a Brooklyn home, a well-known physician has put his artistic talents and engineering prowess to holy use. Every year he creates another five-foot tall menorah, sometimes out of plumbing fixtures, sometimes out of wood scraps, but always with an original theme and a beauty that endures far longer than eight days.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

WhenDrs.Seymour andSharonRaisTessler welcomed me into their home, it seemed like a typical Brooklyn residence. But on my way through the central hallway, I glanced into the large living room to the right and stopped short. Around the room were several very large, unique menorahs. Arranged on stands, standing close to five feet tall and several feet across, these were architectural edifices. Where to look first? Two of the menorahs were designed as bridges made of metal pipes, chain and mesh. They stood spanning several feet across, the mesh holders to display the menorah lights delicately resting at regular intervals across the span. There were also several wooden structures, each section its own mini construct, painted some in different bright colored and some in monochromatic sections. “Where did you find these amazing menorahs?” I wondered. “Actually, my husband builds them,” my hostess said. “It’s his hobby.” How does a medical doctor with a large geriatric-oriented practice in Brooklyn come to create these architectural and engineering feats? Soon I found myself in the Tessler living room once again, surrounded by these very same menorahs, but this time it was to hear more aboutDr.Tessler and his unusual hobby. The family room of their gracious home is the “gallery,” where guests can appreciate the imagination and technical and engineering skills required to conjure up these designs and make the structures a reality.

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