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.
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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