The Jewish Festival of Energy Efficient Lighting

We are in the middle of the Jewish Festival of efficient and renewable Lights.

Hanukkah commemorates the “rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem” twenty-two centuries ago. The miracle being celebrated is that they only had enough “consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days.”

From my perspective, the miracle was a sign from on high to use renewable fuels and/or put them in a lamp that burns very, very efficiently.

And speaking about green lights, how about an LED motherboard menorah — but you’d better run it on renewable power.


The spirit of Hanukkah is violated whenever efforts to promote efficiency and renewables are blocked. Needless to say, the Bush Administration has gutted many efficiency and renewable programs, following in the footsteps of conservatives like Grinch Gingrich and Antiochus Reagan.

The new year promises to finally bring back the light of clean energy to the country. Happy holidays!