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(RNS) Michael Patchen didn't want a Christmas tree in his Jewish home, but his wife did. So he invented the Menorah Tree, an unusual holiday item that he is now mass-producing for other families confronted by a Christmas tree dilemma.


  1. What fun, this Christian old boy goy loves it.
    Out here in Oregon where I live we grow Christmas trees.
    It would require a lot of pruning and training of branches but I’ll bet we could grow them.
    How about this? A live Menorah tree that you could leave in the living room year around.
    Oh dear I do believe I’m letting myself get carried away.

    Thank you Lauren for a most unusual and joyous report.

  2. לֹא תִטַּע לְךָ אֲשֵׁרָה, כָּל עֵץ – אֵצֶל מִזְבַּח ה’ אֱלֹהֶיךָ, אֲשֶׁר תַּעֲשֶׂה לָּךְ:
    וְלֹא תָקִים לְךָ מַצֵּבָה – אֲשֶׁר שָׂנֵא ה’ אֱלֹהֶיךָ:

    – דברים ט”ז, כא–כב

    If there was ever a syncretic abomination, this is it