Four years ago, Rabbi Yitzchok Moully decided to make some interactive Chanukah art.
Rabbi Moully is a Lubavitcher who worked as a youth rabbi with Chabad of Basking Ridge before pursuing his passion for art full time. An exhibit of his works is on display now at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills.
But for Chanukah four years ago, he wanted a bigger canvas.
He put blank banners on each side of a 20 foot recreational vehicle and asked people to think of a mitzvah that they would commit to doing. Then he asked them to write that mitzvah on the black canvas with bright markers he provided, thereby “filling the canvas and the world with light,” he said.
Similar projects the next two years asked participants to help fill a blank page with color.
This year, his Chanukah art project asked people to light up the world in a less metaphorical way.
He has created a giant Chanukah menorah with LED lamps activated by grasping a touch-sensitive handle.
“Step right up and illuminate the world!” is the message.
“You are the light, we are the light, we are all the light of the menorah, and everyone needs to shine their light,” Rabbi Moully explained.
When all eight lights are engaged, a multicolored light show begins.
“The idea is that I need your light and you need my light. You and I may not agree on everything, but we need to shine each other’s light and support each other’s light.”
The interactive menorah will be at the Wellmont Arts Plaza in Montclair on Monday, November 29, and at the American Dream Mall from Saturday night, December 4, through Monday evening, December 6. It also will make stops in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Details are at moullyart.com/livinglights.