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Another burning issue from Target

You may have heard about the controversy in some parts over Target’s transgender-friendly bathroom policy. Now, here comes another religion-related snafu from the store. Just in time for next week’s Lag ba-Omer bonfires. the Consumer Products Safety Commission announced this week that Target is recalling menorahs due to — wait for it — fire hazard.Apparently, whoever at Target was responsible for supplying the store with menorahs last year forgot to ask the Chinese manufacturers whether this particular acrylic model was actually safe to use with candles.

03-3-L-menorah-2-16159c“The firm has received eight reports of the product melting, including three reports of fire,” declares the Commission’s website. “No property damage or injuries have been reported.”

“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled menorahs,” the Commission urges, dimming the holiday joy among those few hardy souls accustomed to celebrating Chanukah for eight months, rather than eight nights. Those who adhere strictly to Jewish law would not have bought this particular menorah in the first place, given its stepped pyramid design, which, while not conforming to halacha, is timely for those lighting during the Passover season.

Will Target be more careful about its Chanukah products in the future? We hope not, since we’re considering asking them to market the wooden (!) menorah we constructed back in kindergarten. We always suspected the hand-hewn design could be a burning success.

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