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Last night was the first night of Hanukkah and was observed accordingly by Jews all over Los Angeles by the lighting of the first of eight candles on the menorah. But the "Festival of Lights" this year might be casting a greenish glow on its observers as the move to make the ancient holiday more "eco-friendly" takes motion.

People all over are greening their Hanukkah. According to the LA Times, the worshipers of Temple Isaiah in Newport Beach gathered "around the solar oven that was harnessing the sun's heat to cook a potato pancake, or latke, that measured about 3 feet across" in the hopes "the latke would break a record as the world's largest cooked by a solar oven." In Riverside, one Temple's Hanukkah display "included a menorah made of recycled wood, succulent plants, roses and other flowers."

The shift towards greening Hanukkah isn't actually such a stretch--not if you consider that at its core, it's a holiday focused on energy conservation. After all, the lighting of the menorah comes from the use of one day's worth of oil to burn for several days--eight, to be exact. Okay, so they had a little help in the form of a religious miracle, but it's not so unimaginable to think we could learn a lesson or two about making the best use of our resources for the good of our fellow man and our planet earth. And who knows--maybe one of your eight presents is a reusable bag!

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