Geek Hanukkah: R2-D2 dreidel, virtual menorah

"Oh droidel, droidel, droidel, I bought you from a Jawa." Sorry, it's the first night of Hanukkah and we can't help but sing that to ourselves after spotting the Droidel and other Hanukkah geekery.

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"Oh droidel, droidel, droidel, I bought you from a Jawa." Sorry, it's the first night of Hanukkah and we can't help but sing that to ourselves after spotting the Droidel and other Festival of Lights geekery.

The official Star Wars site has complete instructions on making the DIY R2-D2 version of the dreidel from paper. Hopefully, Darth Vader won't steal your chocolate gelt while the Droidel's got your eyes.

The first day of Hanukkah is always special, especially when you gather with family and friends to light the menorah with your...iPhone?

Yep, in yet another case of "there's an app for that," developer Matthew Parrott believes his iPhone app iMenorah is perfect "for the Jew far from home."

The app, which costs $2.99 (oy vey!) lets you virtually light eight candles with a digital shamash. A voice on the app sings blessings, including the Shehechiyanu, a prayer recited on special occasions. Unfortunately, the app vocals sound a little stale, but iMenorah appears to present about the most realistic-looking menorah in the App Store.

You could also try Menorah, Mobile Menorah, and VirtualMenorah.

So, what apps/Star Wars paraphernalia/science experiments will you use to celebrate the Festival of Lights? Let us know in the comments section below.

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