Friday was a busy day for me, and I was out and about until after sundown anyway, so I blew the first night. As the second night approached, a half-joking thought crossed my mind: "I wonder if there's an app for that?" And I'll be damned if there isn't.
Image snagged from http://imenorah.mikejutan.com/.
This image also snagged from http://imenorah.mikejutan.com/.
But being half Jewish, I still have some guilt about not actually lighting the menorah at home. So I'm going to rationalize it in a couple ways. First, they donate 10% of the proceeds to a San Francisco charity (the app costs $2.99). Second, it's more sustainable, right? Conventional candles are often made with petroleum products, and more petroleum products are used to transport them to the store and then back home to my house. Plus, when you burn them they emit all sorts of nasties, I'm sure. But this app is the totally green alternative! Minimal inputs, no transportation costs, no indoor air pollution from the burning. It's great!
Now, I won't get too smug about how charitable and green my new Hanukkah ritual is. But I will tell you this: while iMenorah does make Hanukkah a bit more fun for me (using it made me giddy) and might actually be greener and all that, it just didn't feel quite the same. Next year, I might try sourcing some locally produced soy Hanukkah candles and see how that feels in comparison - perhaps it will make me even more smug?