Dec 9, 2014
A Menorah From 96 Lego Pieces

Get this: Yitzy Kasowitz, a father and expert LEGO builder, created a custom Chanukah set out of genuine LEGO elements.

By COLlive reporter

This Chanukah, instead of playing dreidel, you can play with Lego.

A new specially created game set gives you 96 of those colorful interlocking plastic bricks to create either two types of Menorahs or even a dreidel.

One of those is inspired by the one drawn by the Rambam, with diagonally extending branches that stood in the Beis Hamikdash during the Chanukah story. This version was supported by the Rebbe.

Its creator is Yitzy Kasowitz, a Lubavitcher who is an expert Lego builder at the Brickmania company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which has become known for offering high quality building kits made from genuine Lego brand bricks.

"I have had many requests and ideas for Jewish-themed custom sets," Kasowitz, 38 and a father of three, tells COLlive.com. "The 3-in-1 Menorah is my first custom set."

"All elements in the set are genuine Lego brand," he says. "No knock-off made in China pieces here. This is not your average Lego set either. 96 pieces and over 8 inches high, you will not find a comparable equivalent anywhere."

The oldest of 8 children whose parents were Shluchim in Des Moines, Iowa, and now in Minnesota, Kasowitz worked as a cabinet maker and had a home remodeling business before Daniel Siskind, owner of Brickmania, originally hired him as customer service.

"I have never gotten over Lego," says Kasowitz, today an Expert Builder for the company. "G-d works in mysterious ways and I have no other way to describe it besides for pure divine providence on how I landed my dream job."

"Building for Siskind has allowed me to to learn the ropes of the business and refine my Lego building skills, picking up many new and advanced techniques," Kasowitz says.

Much of his work at Brickmania has been featured in museums and Lego fan events throughout the country. In fact, they currently have the world's largest display of World War II make of Lego at a museum in Illinois.

To create the Chanukah kit, Kasowitz needed to hand-pick each piece. "Lego does not allow us to buy wholesale," he says. "Lego parts have to be found and purchased retail and each custom set is put together by hand. This is a small operation and will hopefully grow with your support."

And from the Menorah, he hopes to create where the Menorah stood. "My dream is to build the Beis Hamikdash in Lego minifig size, about 1/35 scale," he reveals. "It will take many thousands of Lego bricks, hours and money. Perhaps I'll be commissioned to do that soon enough."

Get the 3-in-1 Menorah set at jbrick.com


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1
nice
cool!!
(12/9/2014 6:37:05 PM)
2
COOL!
Just bought it.
We always welcome Jewish-themed mainstream products.
Good luck and keep 'em coming!
(12/9/2014 6:42:45 PM)
3
Channeling your talents for Yiddishkeit!
So nice that you are able to use your talents for Avodas Hashem and spreading Yiddishkeit through LEGO!!! Who would have thought!!!
(12/9/2014 6:53:03 PM)
4
770
How about a Lego set that's a 770 replica?
(12/9/2014 6:55:35 PM)
5
Very special set
Very special. The perfect Chanukah gift. Which age group would do best with this set?
(12/9/2014 6:59:35 PM)
6
Love it!
Ten years ago my son built this scene with the Legos he had -- of course, in a verty clumsy way. So glad you have invented this and surely it will be a big hit IYH. I'd get it for the grandchildren!
(12/9/2014 7:18:20 PM)
7
wow fascinating
Love the concept and that it's being carried our so professionally
(12/9/2014 7:25:37 PM)
8
chanuca
very beutiful
(12/9/2014 7:30:16 PM)
9
RE: Which age group would do best with this set?
Recommended age is 6+. They may need a little help with the hinges on the Menorah. My seven year old put together the Dreidle all on her own with the included color instructions. All-in-all, A+!
(12/9/2014 7:35:32 PM)
10
Nice
Going to go buy
(12/9/2014 7:44:15 PM)
11
Inspirational
In the world we live in today, it seems that a person can become an "expert" in just about anything. Interesting and inspirational.
(12/9/2014 7:52:12 PM)
12
Go Yitzy!
We love you! I own your nose.
-Bubby
(12/9/2014 11:09:48 PM)
13
Thank you!
Thank you to collive.com for the wonderful article. Thank you all for the kind words and support. eBay already sold out! There are only a few left on jbrick.com.

I look forward to having new sets available for my loyal fans soon, B"H!

-Yitzy Kasowitz
(12/9/2014 11:34:23 PM)
14
NICE !!!! A great gift idea!
What a special shaliach !
Yeshar Koach!
(12/10/2014 12:05:01 AM)
15
Thank you!
EBay sold out!
(12/10/2014 12:30:31 AM)
16
Where is it sold?
Where is this set sold? My boys have been trying to make a copy of the Bais Hamikdosh we would love that set as well!
(12/10/2014 2:57:34 AM)
17
A fan
Great going, Yitzy! Look how you can be mefarsaim the nais of Chanukah even with micro menoros! All the people that come visit your place of work will se the menorah among all the other holiday hoopla. Love the shliach in the cherry-picker!
(12/10/2014 4:06:16 AM)
18
incredible!!!
I love how the final set is being auctioned off for the chabad house.
so inspiring and a beautiful gift. When you get more.in let us all knoe
:)
(12/10/2014 10:05:29 AM)
19
Lego
cool!!! soon they will sell more! hopefully



(12/10/2014 12:12:57 PM)
20
yossi
please send link where I can by kit for my children
(12/10/2014 4:19:30 PM)
21
Re: Yossi
Sorry Yossi, but we are all sold out! We had an amazing launch and sold out fast! Check back to jbrick.com for updates and future sets.
jbrick
(12/10/2014 5:36:53 PM)
22
Nice!
It can be a lot nicer if it was made of more colors not just gray!
Otherwise it looks like a bunch of grownups found a way to make a living playing like kids..... LOVE IT!!
(12/10/2014 10:06:43 PM)
23
Down Under - Mendy
Cool!
(12/14/2014 2:22:28 AM)
24
Cool
How much does it cost and where can I get the tank Lego set and how much does that cost
(12/14/2014 4:33:11 AM)
25
Lego
My son loves lego!!
(7/2/2015 4:00:12 PM)
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