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Needham lights winning menorah

Posted by Evan Allen  December 12, 2012 01:26 PM

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Photo courtesy of the Chabad Jewish Center
Winning Menorah design with the winner, 12 year old Levi Krinsky

Needham’s Town Common lit up on Tuesday night with the Chabad Jewish Center’s annual menorah lighting – and this year, the menorah was inspired by an 800-year-old drawing by Jewish sage and physician Maimonedes.

The Chabad Center, known for its whimsical menorahs which, in years past, have been made of ice, Legos and balloons, held a menorah design contest this year, and picked the winning menorah from 15 submissions all designed on 3D modeling software created by Needham-based Parametric Technology Corporation.

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The winner, 12-year-old Levi Krinsky, happens to be Chabad Center Rabbi Mendy Krinsky’s son, but the elder Krinsky said he was not a judge.

“I wasn’t involved,” he said.

In fact, Mendy Krinsky had nothing to do with his son’s design at all, he said.

“This was totally his idea. He has a lot of patience, he spent a lot of time,” he said.

The drawing that inspired the design can be seen here – it is Maimonides’ interpretation of a biblical menorah design.

Levi’s modern take was manufactured in Toronto and Colorado, said Mendy Krinsky. Some parts were produced with a 3D printer. It was shipped to Needham, where it was lit before a crowd of about 100 people, said Krinsky.

“It was very festive and joyous,” said Krinsky. “People came out and enjoyed it and everybody was very happy to celebrate Hanukkah in a public way. Its always a beautiful thing.”

Levi’s design won him $500.

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